Special Exhibits


Got Milk? Local Dairies in the Dublin Area

April 18 through August 19

Little Classroom

Free admission during museum hours:
Tuesday - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Discover how local farmers contributed to California surpassing Wisconsin as the nation's leading dairy state. Prior to 1900, California’s dairy products were produced by family-owned dairy farms. Farmers and their families did it all -- from growing the feed for the cows they cared for to processing the milk into cream, butter, and cheese to marketing and delivering it to consumers.

With the rise of the commercially-owned farms and increases in demand, individual farmers joined together to form cooperatives in the early 1900s.  Instead of competing against each other, they worked together to negotiate prices; process milk and dairy products; and market and haul to wholesalers. Local dairies included Meadowlark Dairy and Harold Kolb’s family farm, with 22 cows Kolb milked twice a day.

Dublin also played a part in the development of modern, scientific mass production and mass distribution, with the Foremost Dairy Research Center, which opened in 1966.  See vintage milk bottles, cartons, bottle caps, and modern dairy equipment, some on loan from the California State Parks Dairy Collection.