Great news – the Benicia Historical Museum will reopen Sunday, March 21!

In order to best serve the health and safety interests of our visitors and volunteers, we are adhering to the strictest COVID-19 mandates and operating on a limited schedule. Open days may change from week to week – please check our website and social media for the current days and times!

Although the Museum has been closed to the public for the last year, Executive Director Elizabeth d’Huart and the Exhibits Committee volunteers have been hard at (socially distanced) work, continuing the renovation of our permanent exhibits.  Stop by and see our new displays of local Cattle Brands and California Native American Baskets; the Spanish Rapier display added to the Early California Gallery; and the new Railways and Waterways gallery – featuring an exhibit about Matthew Turner, including the expedition of his ship the Galilee which mapped the magnetic fields of the Pacific Ocean; a new display about the Pony Express in Benicia; and new cases and storyboards about the history of the Transcontinental Railroad in Benicia and our many historic passenger and railroad ferries. Installation continues on the Made in Benicia gallery, highlighting early Benicia businesses and manufacturing, including the canneries, the tanneries, the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and Yuba Manufacturing.

We hope to see you in the Museum soon!