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114 E Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476-5731
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I like that this is a self guided tour and free. The exhibits are well thought out and provide a great look back in history. There is a nice gift shop as well.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank legsbell
Reviewed June 28, 2019

Something to show the kids in between wine tastings. Has a replica of the original Bear Flag, and recreation of barracks life when Sonoma was the northerly city of Mexico.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 27, 2019

Walking distance from the Plaza, it's not big, but the visit was well worthy. It's important to learn and understand the history of California, and it's wonderful to see the California Republic flag in person, not just from a T-shirt.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jackiesf17
Reviewed April 1, 2019

Wow, we learned so much here! The State of California actually got its start here in Sonoma with the Bear Flag Revolt! The Barracks will teach you a lot so give them a try!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 607jayb
Reviewed December 14, 2018

this little garrison only had slightly one 40 soldiers in it's day, but was a big part of California's history. it was here that California came into American possession, and thus began the journey to Modern California. this is a good rainy day stop and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wdlander
Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

When you are in Sonoma, it is interesting to visit the barracks, and explore the area around them. We learned a lot about the history of California. Now we understand the bear in the flag, and how California became part of the USA. You can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jan-Tiny
Reviewed October 18, 2018

We took the trolley tour, all arrived early so Our drive took Us through the barracks. Interesting artifacts and history.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CulinaryCurious
Reviewed October 12, 2018

These barracks belonged originally by the Mexicans. It was named: El Cuartel de Sonoma. Eventually, the barracks were taken by the American Immigrants. These barracks became their headquarters. The first flag of the California Republic was made in these barracks. The flew the bear flag...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Robby G C
Reviewed August 18, 2018

This 40 minute film is incredibly well done. Describes the initial native peoples and the subsequent history.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LaurettaYoung
Reviewed July 18, 2018

Such a helpful and informative gentleman on the shop counter who told us loads of information we would otherwise have missed.

Date of experience: June 2018
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