The Newest Americans
New Citizens Reflect on What America Means to Them
March 10 - April 30
Sam Comen, Michael Estrin, and Exhibit Envoy bring us the journeys, hopes, dreams, and concerns of 29 new U.S. citizens come to life through vivid color portraits and personal stories.
Saying the word "immigration" has become an invitation to an argument. Perhaps that was always true. On the one hand, our history supplies countless examples of the sins and transgressions committed in our ceaseless struggle to say who has the right to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. On the other hand, we call ourselves a nation of immigrants and take pride in the mythology of the melting pot
The Newest Americans encourages visitors to see the United States and the immigration process through the eyes of new citizens representing over 20 origin countries. All photos were taken and interviews conducted in the moments immediately prior to and following two naturalization ceremonies in February and March of 2017.
The exhibition is fully translated into both English and Spanish.
Can't Visit? See It Virtually!
Photographer Sam Comen has also put the exhibit online at his website, and you can see it here.
The Newest Americans, an exhibition from Sam Comen (photography) and Michael Estrin (reporting), is produced in partnership with The California Museum and traveled by Exhibit Envoy.
Photos by Sam Comen.
The Jean P. Jones Gallery
Our permanent exhibit Growing Pleasanton uses objects, images, and narrative to follow the history of this area and its peoples from the Ohlone tribes who first lived here to the suburban community of today's city. You can learn more about Growing Pleasanton here.
Kids are welcome to drop in and explore the Kid's Corner! The Kid's Corner is an exhibit area designed for preschool through early elementary ages with dress up, craft activities, books, old time games, and more. Activities change periodically throughout the year, so drop by and see what's new!
2021 Upcoming Exhibits
What in the World?
Unusual Objects from the MoM Collections
May 5 - June 18
Like many museums, our collections contain a number of objects that, because they are so specialized or obsolete, may be difficult for the average contemporary visitor to identify. What in the World? gives you the chance to test your knowledge and imagination against some of the oddest items we have.
Fiber Artists Interpret the State's People, Life, and Land
June 23 - August 13
California is a large and complicated creature, where dreams are formed and sometimes realized, and where homelessness, want, and xenophobia are all too prevalent. Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State’s People, Life, and Land asks textile artists to explore and reflect on the diversity, illusions, realities, and hopes that define — or at least help us better understand — the richness and contradictions of the Golden State.
Stitching California originated at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, CA and is traveled through Exhibit Envoy in partnership with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
The Pleasanton Ones
Photographs by Tao Guan
August 18 - October 15
Museum on Main is honored and delighted to announce the return of Tao Guan's photography to our walls. When last we hosted his work in November, rising coronavirus infection rates forced us to close before more than a handful of visitors could see his intimate portraits of Pleasanton and its residents.
A self-taught photographer, Tao has used his camera in Pleasanton to make human connections, getting to know shoppers, vendors and passers-by at the Saturday farmers' market and other locations while taking their photographs. Seeking the spirit of a community, Tao has found something even stronger; he sees Pleasanton as a family, and with him we invite you to look through the pictures in his family album.