Mission & History
The Sutter County Museum shares local stories to strengthen community bonds, to inspire celebration of our diverse cultural heritage, and to demonstrate how understanding the past prepares us for the future.
A bit of history
The Sutter County Museum tells the story of Sutter County, from the Native Americans who lived here pre-contact to the present. This is done through a combination of exhibits both permanent and temporary, and public programs. Permanent exhibits include the Maidu-Nisenan people, John Sutter, the history of agriculture in the area, and our multi-cultural wing, which tells the stories of the significant minority communities in Sutter County.
The Museum was constructed with funds from Howard and Norma Harter, the Sutter County Historical Society, and other private donors. It was presented to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors as a gift to the community in 1975. Since then, it has been expanded multiple times, all through the generosity of private donors.
The Museum is a partnership between Sutter County and the Museum Association, a 501(c)(3) organization.
1333 Butte House Road
Yuba City, CA 95993
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am till 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Noon till 4:00 pm
Admission is Free
Ettl Hall & Rose Garden
Ettl Hall is a meeting and program space for the Museum. It is also a rental space available to the public. To rent Ettl Hall, please call us at 530.822.7141, or visit the online reservation system at suttercounty.org.
To reserve online, follow the link above. Click on Facilities Reservation System. Choose Ettl Hall in the drop-down menu next to Facilities. Click on the day you want. From there, follow the prompts using the ‘Next’ button at the bottom of the screen. Shortly after you make your reservation, we’ll be in touch.
Rates, occupancy, usage restrictions etc. are all available on the website linked to above. Amenities include a full commercial kitchen, a fenced outdoor patio, tables and chairs.
Ettl Hall was built through the generosity of Meridian native Dorothy Ettl.
The patio adjacent to Ettl Hall was built and landscaped through the generosity of the Schnabel and Dean families.
The William Conkey Memorial Rose Garden behind the Museum is also available for public use. While there is no charge to use the Rose Garden, we request that you do reserve your date to avoid any schedule conflicts. Please contact the Museum to reserve the Rose Garden.
The Rose Garden is cared for by the Sutter Buttes Garden Club.
Jessica Hougen Museum Director/Curator
Sharyl Simmons Assistant Curator
Janie Payne Museum Aide
Kelly Gash Museum Aide