In 2006, Lodi celebrated its 100th birthday. With its age comes a rich heritage that we are eager to share with visitors. Visit the San Joaquin Historical Museum at Micke Grove Park and step straight into the 1900s. You can have a seat in the old schoolhouse, view an ancient printing press and learn about Lodi in the first stages of its incorporation. Pay a visit to Hill House Museum, the Veteran's Memorial Plaza, or take a tour of the nine murals painted by the world-renowned Walldog sign painters, who painted the larger-than-life historical art pieces during a three-day birthday celebration. Experience Lodi, past and present, and join us as we look toward a vibrant future!
San Joaquin County
11793 N. Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95240
Located in beautiful Micke Grove Park, the museum has 15 acres and over 40,000 square feet of exhibit and work space. Collections have grown from a few hundred to over 50,000 items representative of the development of San Joaquin County agriculture and history. Pan for gold; visit the blacksmith shop or Calaveras Schoolhouse; view the antique tool or tractor collection; take a walk along the Sunshine Trail. Many rotating exhibits including local Indian culture, early agriculture, transportation, bay and grain tree crops; government, early settlement, and home-life exhibits. Great for all ages! Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10am - 3pm. $2 adults/$1 children. Modest fee for park entrance.
Hill House Museum
826 S. Church St.
Lodi, CA 95240
This turn-of-the-century Victorian is a must-see for history buffs and geneology enthusiasts. Built and owned by George and Mary Hill, an early Lodi family, the Hill House is filled with many of the original family furnishings and artifacts. A docent will take you on a tour of this historical home while entertaining you with stories of the life and times of the Hill family. Museum hours are Sunday from 1-4pm (no tours start after 4pm). Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Special tours by appointment.
Lodi All Veteran's Plaza Memorial
221 W. Pine St.
Lodi, CA 95240
Dedicated on May 22, 2002, the area between Lodi City Hall and Carnegie Forum has been transformed into a state-of-the-art living tribute to our nation's veterans: past, present and future. The plaza incorporates various artistic elements, representing service and sacrifice to our country. The 21.5-foot stainless steel obelisk honors courage and graces the plaza entrance. As you enter the plaza, 13 granite stones are engraved with poetry from historic figures to local artists. An eternal flame (representing valor and sacrifice) is nested in the center of a 16-foot-high curved granite wall, which serves as a backdrop for a beautiful waterfall.
A 16-ton, hand-hewed solid granite sphere characterizing unity and global service appears to be floating in a blue cobalt pool that symbolizes healing. The effect is dramatic and breathtaking, and is a must-see on any trip to Lodi.