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McHenry Museum, Modesto

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The McHenry Museum is a City of Modesto owned facility supported by the City and McHenry Museum & Historical Society. The McHenry Museum is charged with preservative and exhibiting Modesto and Stanislaus County history. The building was constructed with funds bequeathed by Oramil McHenry in his will of 1906. Construction was complete by 1912 and the McHenry Library became a reality. In the mid 1971 the new county library was opened just north of the McHenry Library Location. The McHenry Library became the McHenry Museum with The Central California Art League occupied four rooms in the basement which were developed into galleries to display local artists work. The main floor was developed into the McHenry Museum. The museum continued in that configuration until 2003 when the Art League moved to new quarters and the museum was able to utilize the entirety of the building. A fund raising campaign by the McHenry Museum & Historical Society provided funds to transform the art galleries into museum vignettes. The use of the new space required a complete reorganization of both the main floor and basement spaces. This is the current configuration of the Museum.
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  • The Museum was the public library building of my youth. When in the early 80's the new county library was built, the people of Modesto and Stanislaus County had the vision to save the building and...  more »
  • This is a very fine collection of Stanislaus County memorabilia, does a very good job of telling the story of the County, including water issues, agricultural development, household life. Provides a....  more »
  • McHenry Museum was fun. Great way to spend the day with kids. Free admission! Museum attendants were very friendly and knowledgeable. Front desk informed us of other upcoming events at the museum that we are welcome to join.
  • This is a great place! My adult son and I spent some time here looking around and reading all the info. Most informative and very interesting! Bring your family and enjoy a wonderful time down memory lane.

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