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 Celebrates 50 Years

    The Capitola Historical Museum celebrated its 50th birthday on Saturday, July 9. “This was 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 were outdoor displays, activities for kids, souvenirs, and refreshments.  Speakers included Mayor Ed Bottorff, Board President Niels Kisling, and former director Carolyn Swift.  


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    Museum Birthday Cake with Picture of Museum
    Red Mustang from 1966
    Display of Newspaper articles from 1966
    Speaker Carolyn Swift addresses crowd
    Council Member Stephanie Harlan with cake
    Children getting glitter tattoos
    Children coloring pictures inside the Museum
    Visitors peek through windows of historic cottage.
    Board President Niels Kisling
    Mayor Ed Bottorff
    Former Director Carolyn Swift
    Crowd at Birthday Party