The Dutra Museum of Dredging is a private collection of materials representing the history of sidedraft clamshell dredging in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the role the Dutra family and Dutra companies have played in building the Delta infrastructure. The collection, unique in its scope and size, spans the century that has elapsed since the introduction of steam-powered dredging equipment to the California Delta.
What to See
The collection is housed in a craftsman style mansion built in 1907 and located in Rio Vista, California. Originally built for local farmer John McCormack, the Dutra family became the home’s fourth owner when Ed and Linda Dutra purchased it in 1978. They used the home as their private residence, company office for Dutra Dredging and museum. The home is currently owned by the Dutra Museum Foundation.
The museums content includes many photographs, log books, ledgers, dredge models, original engineer drawings on linen, mammoth bone extracted from a Delta island and a family history mural that details the Dutra family’s beginnings as Portuguese whalers. Noted Delta artist and family friend, Marty Stanley, painted the mural.
Our museum is dedicated to educating and promoting an understanding of the history of dredging, the value of developing and reclaiming the California Delta and the significant role the Dutra company and Dutra family has played within this field. Our goal is to raise and manage funds to expand, preserve, exhibit and interpret the museum’s collection for public use and scholarly research.
The Dutra Museum Foundation's commitment to the community includes the annual funding of higher education scholarships for Rio Vista High School, The Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society and beyond.
To Visit the Museum
The collection is located at 345 St. Gertrude Avenue, Rio Vista, California 94571. We are currently open by appointment only.
To schedule a tour please call one of the directors, Patty Dutra Bruce at (415) 258-6876 or Janet Bennett at (650) 207-6489.
Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.
The Dutra Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by IRS guidelines. If you would like more information on how you can become a Dutra Museum Foundation supporter, please contact Patty Dutra Bruce at email@example.com.
Please see more information at www.dutramuseum.org