Capitola Museum

  • New for 2016

    Sailboat at Capitola

    "Photos by Ravnos"

    Our exhibition for 2016 showcases the life and work of photographer Ole Ravnos.  Between 1907 and 1915 Ravnos operated the photo studio in Capitola and took many of Capitola's best images from the early 1900s.  He documented the old hotel, beach, creek, trestle, wharf, and events just as the town came into its own as a summer seaside resort.  Highlights of the display include some photographs never before exhibited.  This is the first ever museum exhibition dedicated to the work of Ole Ravnos.

    Museum Birthday Party

    The Capitola Historical Museum will celebrate its 50th birthday on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 410 Capitola Avenue. “This is a wonderful opportunity to look back at the first half century and acknowledge the many donors, volunteers, and others who have helped the Museum preserve our local history,” says Curator Frank Perry.  There will be outdoor displays, activities for kids, souvenirs, and refreshments.  Former director Carolyn Swift will share reminiscences at 11 p.m. followed by a cake cutting at 11:30.


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    Picture of part of the Ravnos exhibition inside the Museum.
    Picture of part of the Ravnos exhibition inside the Museum.
    Picture of volunteers setting up displays in 1966.
    Capitola Museum exterior in 1968.
    Capitola Museum displays in 1985.
    Capitola Museum exterior in the late 1980s.