Located within Maidu Regional Park, the Maidu Museum & Historic Site celebrates California Indian culture. The museum’s two art galleries showcase contemporary California Indian art that changes throughout the year. The museum hosts a variety of Special Events, including art receptions, cultural speakers, live music and movie screenings. Browse the exhibit information below to view upcoming and past exhibits.

News ImageIndians, Irony, and Identity

Exhibit Show Dates: January 17 – April 13, 2015

“Indians, Irony, and Identity” curated by artist Judith Lowry (Mountain Maidu, Hammawi Band Pit River, and Washo), an exhibit exploring stereotypes of Native Americans.


News ImageFixing the Earth: NOW!
Exhibit Show Dates: October 18 - January 31, 2015

“Fixing the Earth: NOW!” is an art exhibition exploring the world renewal ceremonies of the Hupa, Karuk, Tolowa, Yurok, Wiyot, and Ts’nungwe of northwest California.


News ImagePast Exhibit - Calling All Coyotes 2014
Exhibit Show Dates: September 20 - January 6, 2015

The new multimedia exhibit “Calling All Coyotes 2014”, features new works from California Indian and regional artists: Tiffany Adams, Dugan Aguilar, Ben Aleck, Shonna Alexander, Jack Alvarez, Vince LaPena, Judith Lowry, L. Frank Manriquez, Melissa Melero, Stan Padilla, Alicia Siu, Kathleen Rose Smith, Frank Tuttle, and Alan Wallace. In honor of Harry Fonseca, pieces from the Herb Puffer collection will be on view.

News ImagePast Exhibit - "Reaching Back Through Time: The WPA Interprets Native California Creation Stories"
Exhibit Show Dates: August 16 - October 11, 2014

Prints of watercolor illustrations based on the Creation Stories of the Miwok people produced by Works Progress Administration artists Marjorie Lee and Stephen J. Quinn.

News ImagePast Exhibit - Legends of the Land: The United Auburn Indian Community Tribal School Tells its Own Story”
Exhibit Show Dates: May 17 - July 15, 2014

This exhibition showcases the recently published books from Native American artist, educator and cultural activist Stan Padilla, “Legends of the Land” and “R is for Roundhouse: A Sierra Nevada Foothills Alphabet Book”.

News ImagePast Exhibit - "Stories of the River, Stories of the People: Memory on the Klamath River Basin"
Exhibit Show Dates: March 15 - June 16, 2014

Guest Curator Brittani Orona has created this exhibit of photographs and recorded interviews relating to the grassroots activism to remove the dams on the Klamath River and the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement of 2010.

News ImagePast Exhibit - "Our Journey: The First Families of East Yolo"
Exhibit Show Dates: Ongoing

This collection of historical photographs, on loan from the West Sacramento Historical Society, honors the first families - Native Americans - who lived, worked and raised their families in what is know known as West Sacramento.

News ImagePast Exhibit - "Traditional Arts of Jeremy Peconom, Mountain Maidu Artist"
“Traditional Arts of Jeremy Peconom, Mountain Maidu Artist"
Exhibit Show Dates: August 6 – January 6

Jeremy Peconom is a local Mountain Maidu artist who has created an amazing collection of tools, weapons and regalia made in the traditional ways he learned from his elders.


News ImagePast Exhibit - "Ancient Times" by Charley Burns
Exhibit Show Dates: July 10 through August 28, 2013

Charley Burns is a Yurok Indian artist of the Klamath River area. The exhibit “Ancient Times” is a collection of pen and ink drawings showing his love for nature and curiosity for life.

News ImagePast Exhibit "Coyote": Various Artists
Exhibit Show Dates: June 7 - July 27

This multimedia exhibit includes paintings, poems, songs and photographs about Coyote from 17 different Native American artists.


News ImagePast Exhibit - Off the Walls of Pacific Western Traders: Photographs from the Herb Puffer Collection
Exhibit Show Dates: June 21 – August 9

The photographs featured in this exhibit lined the walls of Pacific Western Traders, an American Indian Art Gallery, opened by Herb Puffer on October 1, 1971 in Old Town Folsom. These photographs provide an extraordinary visual record of the elders, weavers, artists, dancers, educators and community members whose presence alongside the Puffer family made the recently closed shop a significant and memorable place in the history of Native California.

News ImagePast Exhibit - Annual Native Youth Art Show
Exhibit Show Dates: April 10 – May 13
Artwork from young artists ages 5 – 20 from the United Auburn Indian Community and the Sierra Native Alliance will be on display.


News ImagePast Exhibit - "A Brush With Nature"
Exhibit Show Dates: February 15 - May 6

This collection includes acrylic paintings and mosaics by local artist Gayle Anita.

News ImagePast Exhibit - "Frank R. LaPena Collection"
Exhibit Show Dates: January 18 - April 8.
This collection consists of various documents covering historic Native American events, Frank LaPena's own artwork and artwork of his fellow artists, including photographs by Dugan Aguilar and Francisco Dominguez.


News ImagePast Exhibit - Artwork by L. Frank Manriquez
Exhibit Show Dates: September 10 - October 26

L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachmem) is a Native California Indian artist, writer and tribal scholar. This collection includes many of her dramatic photographs, large collages of digital prints and colorful paintings.

News ImagePast Exhibit: Artwork by Billy Hawk Enos & Winema Marie Suehead
"Traditions Learned Through Time” by artist Billy Hawk Enos and “Artwork by Winema Marie Suehead”

Exhibit Show Dates: May 6, 2013 - June 25, 2013.

News ImagePast Exhibit: Our Stories: Judith Lowry's Artistic Reflections on Native California
Our Stories: Judith Lowry’s Artistic Reflections on Native California
Exhibit Show Dates: February 16 - May 31, 2013

The exhibit “Our Stories” is a collection of vibrant, large scale narratives that Judith Lowry painted over the past 20 years. Her themes include family stories, California Native oral traditions, pop culture, women’s roles, and politics. She uses symbols inspired by her California Indian roots, mixing her family histories with important oral histories.

News ImagePast Exhibit: Native American Children's Art Show

Exhibit Dates: April 8 – April 30

Artwork from young artists ages 5-18 from the United Auburn Indian Community and the Sierra Native Alliance will be on display.


News ImagePast Exhibit: I Am Your Chief
Exhibit Show Dates: April 20-June 14.
Artists Patricia Mills and Michael Rowden d'Portola were so moved by the tragedy of the Northern California Modoc War of 1873, they felt compelled to paint this large scale piece.

News ImagePast Exhibit: Artwork by Frank Day & Jeremy Peconom

Artistic Expression of Maidu Legends & History
by Frank Day (Ly-dam-lilly), Maidu Indian Artist, Historian & Storyteller

Traditional Maidu Primitive Arts
by Jeremy Peconom, Maidu Indian Artist

Exhibits in both the Zents Gallery and the Indigenous Gallery
Show Dates: September 15, 2012 - January 19, 2013


Past Exhibit: Preserving the Site: The Legacy of Myron Zents
Through news articles, photography and objects from the museum’s collection, learn about the foundation of the Maidu Museum and the important role Myron Zents played in preserving this historic site. Exhibition May 19-September 8.

News ImagePast Exhibit: Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider
This traveling exhibit, organized by the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House in Ukiah explored traditional hunting, collecting, food preparation and food preservation by California Indian cultures from all regions of California.

View this and other exhibits during open hours.


News ImagePast Exhibit: Empowering Our People - Artistic Expressions of Native American Children
Past Exhibit: Showcasing the colorful artwork of Native American Children ages 5-18 from the American Education Program of the Sacramento City Unified School District. Show Dates: September 20, 2010 - March 31, 2011.

News ImagePast Exhibit: Our Precious Legacy: Mountain Maidu Baskets from the Meadows-Baker Families
Past Exhibit: Featuring three generations of weavers, their baskets, their lives and the artistry of their creations. Show dates: September 18, 2010 through July 31, 2011

( Our Precious Legacy - PDF )

News ImagePast Exhibit: Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home - Art & Poety from Native California
Past Exhibit: This multi-media exhibition was based on work created for the book, The Dirt Is Red Here, showcasing California Indian stories, songs and dances in the form of poetry, paintings, baskets, photographs, and sculpture.

News ImagePast Exhibit: Designs From Nature
Charley Burns, Yurok, art show Designs from Nature was on exhibit at the Maidu Interpretive Center September 2009 through December 2009. Charley is an active dancer and singer in the native community and continues to express his culture through his artwork.

Past Exhibit: Rocks of Ages - The Spectacular Diversity of Rock Art in California
Past Exhibit: Native California was perhaps the most densely and diversely populated area of North America, and the varieties of sacred expressions on rock are equally rich. Explore the beauty, mystery, and diversity of California's rock art. Petroglyph rubbings, rock art video and a rock art scavenger hunt create a family friendly visit.

Past Exhibit: Discovery! Devastation! Survival!: California Indians and the Gold Rush
Past Exhibit: View the gold rush through Native eyes. The discovery of gold put the Central California foothills on the national map, but what about its Native inhabitants?

News ImagePast Exhibit: When Rocks Collide - Exploring The Native Uses of Stone
Past Exhibit: The exhibit explored California geology from the dramatic formation of our mountains, rivers and landscape to the many uses the earliest inhabitants had for the stones they found around them.