North Bay Museums

Museum Listings:

Arts Benicia
991 Tyler Street, Suite 114
Benicia, California, 94510
Since the acquisition of a 2400 square foot space in the historic Arsenal area in 1993, Arts Benicia has created an Arts Center and Gallery that has become the hub of a large community of studio artists. A diverse exhibition schedule features the work of over a hundred local and Northern California artists in a gallery setting, providing opportunities for artists at many different levels of experience to show and sell their work.

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA 94965
Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the nationally recognized Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor family museum that offers a full range of activities for children ages 8 and younger. The Museum’s unique programs feature hands-on art and science exhibits, performances, workshops, and cultural festivals — all with a focus on fun.

Benicia Historical Museum
2060 Camel Road. Benicia CA. 94510
The mission of the Benicia Historical Museum is to engage the community in the evolving history of Benicia and the Arsenal and their influence in the development of our country. The Museum complex is the center where history is seen, enjoyed and preserved. Through exhibits, events and educational programs we enlighten the public about the history of this unique city.

Bolinas Museum
48 Wharf Road, P.O. Box 450,
Bolinas, CA 94924
Founded in 1982, the Bolinas Museum is the premier fine arts museum in Marin County. Visitors are surprised to find a museum of this caliber in such a country setting. The beauty of the area and its proximity to the metropolitan Bay Area has always attracted highly creative people to coastal Marin communities. The Museum reflects regional interests and the remarkably rich talent pool of artists from coastal Marin, while stimulating the appreciation of visitors from all over the world. Visiting the Bolinas Museum is free to all as are many of its cultural events. Special fundraising events occur throughout the year including the annual Art Auction and the annual holiday Mini Show, both offering for sale exceptional work from well-known Bay Area artists.

Marin History Museum
1125 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Founded in 1935, the Marin History Museum celebrates the traditions of innovation and creativity of the people of Marin County. Through exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum inspires honor for the past, an understanding of the present, and an imagination of the future. Explore the links on the left side of this page to learn more about the Marin History Museum.

Marin Museum of the American Indian
2200 Novato Blvd.
Novato, CA 94947
The Museum of the American Indian is one of the little known treasures of Marin County. Situated on an actual site of a Miwok Village, the Museum is devoted to Native American culture and is the only one of its kind in the Bay Area. The Museum also serves as an educational center to over 6,000 elementary children each year. The Native American artifacts and reference materials are irreplaceable and provide a unique opportunity to learn about the local native life ways.

Novato History Museum
815 DeLong Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
The Novato History Museum, founded by Mrs. Margaret “Peg” Coady in 1976, is located in the home of Novato’s first Postmaster, Henry F. Jones. The building, possibly the oldest dwelling in Novato, may have been one of several houses constructed by Ramon Pacheco circa 1850. It stood in the original “Old Town” on South Novato Blvd. near Yukon Way. Donated to the City of Novato in 1972, the building was moved to its present location and restored by volunteer members of the Novato Civic Foundation.

Sonoma Valley Historical Society and Depot Park Museum
270 First St. W.
Sonoma, CA
In 1975 the City of Sonoma acquired the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad depot and adjacent land, to prevent the loss of the historic site. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the building in 1976. The Society proposed a rebuilding project, and the City granted the insurance proceeds and permission to develop the site as a museum. A major fund-raising drive by the Society, along with a grant from the County Board of Supervisors, produced enough funds to build a replica of the depot as a community museum and the City developed the adjacent land as Depot Park. The Depot Park Museum was dedicated in 1978 and opened in 1979. Since then, Society volunteers have developed and operated this fine museum and its historically significant collections. In addition to displays and exhibits, the Museum has a book/gift shop and an archival library of historical documents and maps, books on local history, and thousands of photographs.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
551 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476
The Museum provides a striking and unique setting for business and private cocktail receptions, dinners, meetings, and presentations. The wheelchair accessible building includes a 3,000-square-foot main gallery and several smaller galleries, with a combined maximum capacity of 225 people. The Museum is not available for fundraisers, religious or political events, auctions, art displays, or performances not belonging to or approved by Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Other restrictions apply. For rental fees and more information, call 707-939-7862.

Travis Air Museum
Building 80, 461 Burgan Blvd.,
Travis AFB, CA 94535
The Museum has a representative collection of American military aircraft from various periods: fighters, bombers, trainers, cargo and liaison aircraft. Its exhibits showcase Jimmy Doolittle and the Tokyo Raiders, the 15th AF in WWII, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Consairways story, the Berlin Airlift, and the history of Travis AFB with special emphasis on the Korean war, the war in Vietnam and other significant military missions.

Vacaville Museum
213 Buck Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95688
The Vacaville Museum, a Center for Solano County History, is the only institution whose mission includes cultural and historical preservation for all of Solano County. Through exhibits, publications and educational programs, the Museum continuously promotes the value of community heritage. Since 1984, Vacaville Museum has produced 40 exhibits, as well as numerous publications important to the history and sense of place of Solano County.

Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
734 Marin Street,
Vallejo, CA 94590
The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum preserves and exhibits the diverse and exciting history of the City of Vallejo and the former U.S. Naval Shipyard at Mare Island . The Museum is located in Vallejo ‘s historic Old City Hall and features five galleries devoted to community and U.S. Navy history.

Western Railway Museum
5848 State Highway 12
Suisun City, CA 94585
The mission of the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association is to preserve the regional heritage of electric railway transportation as a living resource for the benefit of present and future generations.