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Triton Museum of Art front of museum

About Us

margaret keane



The exhibition and collections focus of the Triton Museum is the art of California, past and present.


Who We Are

For 59 years, the Triton Museum of Art has been a destination for the community, providing a venue where local artists exhibit their work alongside regional and national artists and where students of all ages learn about art and the creative process. Located across the street from the Santa Clara Civic Center, the Triton Museum of Art collects and exhibits contemporary and historical works with an emphasis on artists of the Greater Bay Area. Over 40,000 people attend the museum on-site annually through its exhibitions, education, and community programs, and over 90,000 people view the museum's satellite gallery and exhibitions annually.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Triton Museum of Art is to generate community dialogue, enhance cultural understanding, and increase creative and critical thinking through innovative programs and the vocabulary of art.


Vision Statement

The Triton Museum of Art is a vital community resource that provides accessible exhibition and education programs, which promote a broad range of contemporary California art.  Through our multi-faceted programs, we strive to bring together the culturally diverse population of the Greater Bay Area to foster a better understanding of art and its role in building a strong community.


Through its exhibitions and collections, the Triton Museum of Art showcases works by California artists that are aesthetically and historically significant to our region and which demonstrate the rich diversity of cultural traditions, influences, and ideas that make up our community.


Education is central to the vision of the Museum and integral to the development and design of each exhibition.  The Museum offers a learning environment in which curiosity, experimentation, and spirited dialogue are encouraged.  Our aim is for each visitor to experience the Museum with enthusiasm, empowered by new perspectives and ideas.


The Community is the life force of the Triton Museum of Art.  Each exhibition and program is developed with the visitors’ experience as a compass.  The Museum serves as a resource for the community through collaborations with local arts and service organizations, schools, universities, and local civic and corporate partners. 

Our Roots

The Triton Museum of Art was founded by rancher, lawyer, and art patron W. Robert Morgan and his wife June in San Jose, California, in 1965. It was the first non-university art museum in the county. Less than two years after its opening, the Triton Museum moved to its current location within the City of Santa Clara. Exhibitions and programs were held in four pavilions surrounded by a seven-acre park.


Due to the tremendous economic and population growth of the Santa Clara Valley during the 1970s, a new facility was built to serve the changing needs of the community. Construction for the current facility was completed in October 1987. The 22,000-square-foot space features high ceilings, pyramidal skylights, and dramatic lighting. The spacious design of the building was created for versatile exhibition presentation as well as an aesthetically pleasing experience for museum visitors.

historic Image of the Morgan Horse in front of the Triton Museum of Art
Two people look at May Shei's artwork in the Warburton Gallery at the Triton Museum of Art




Official wine of the Triton Museum of Art

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