Giant Buddhas, World-Class Art and Ethnic Food in Stockton

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Art Stash

J.C. Leyendecker art at the Haggin Museum in Stockton

J.C. Leyendecker Art Exhibit

See stunning paintings by artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Albert Bierstadt at the Haggin Museum, which completed a $2.5 million renovation of its galleries in fall 2017. You'll even catch a glimpse of Yosemite's timeless natural beauty here in Bierstadt’s panoramic paintings of Yosemite Valley. The Haggin has the largest museum collection of major Bierstadt works. In fact, President Ronald Reagan borrowed Looking Up Yosemite Valley to hang in the Roosevelt Room in the White House during his presidency.

You'll also see a new permanent gallery dedicated to J.C. Leyendecker, one of the nation’s most successful commercial artists during the first 40 years of the 20th century. A mentor to Norman Rockwell, he designed hundreds of covers for Saturday Evening Post, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and others.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Haggin showcases artists like Picasso and Mary Cassatt in revolving temporary exhibits.

“It’s beautiful on the outside, but I think people get inside and are amazed by the collection we have here in the Central Valley,” says Wes Rhea, Visit Stockton's chief executive officer.

Get a Taste

Beyond, get a taste for the city’s rich diverse population by dining at one of its many ethnic restaurants. Choose from Thai and Cambodian to contemporary American farm-to-table restaurants. Fresh produce, live chickens and exotic spices draw locals, travelers and chefs to the hustle-and-bustle Downtown Stockton Asian Farmers Market every Saturday from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. (or until things sell out). It’s one of the state’s oldest and most successful farmers markets. Find it under Hwy. 4 at Washington and San Joaquin streets.

See the Buddha

Giant Buddha in Stockton's Cambodian Buddhist Temple

Giant Buddha in Stockton's Cambodian Buddhist Temple

Walk past a giant buddha and 90 other jewel-encrusted statues without ever leaving the country. In Stockton, you'll find the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple, which celebrates the life and story of the Cambodian buddha. An active Buddhist temple, you may spot monks walking along its paths. The temple area is free and open to visitors during daylight hours. Donations are accepted. 

For more information:
Visit Stockton
(877) 778-6258
125 Bridge Place, Stockton, CA 95202