“To engage the community and the greater public in the evolving history of Benicia and its contributions to the development of our state and country.  Dedicated to our children and future generations, our work fosters understanding, connectivity, identity, and pride.  The Museum complex is at the heart of Benicia’s historic preservation and heritage promotion programs through its exhibits, educational outreach, events and activities, and online archives.”


Based on a vision:

“The History of California is written in the story of Benicia.”


We educate our youth and seniors through tours, provide exhibits for Community and Heritage Tourism visitors, as well as serving as a community cultural center and providing online archives free to the public.


Please help us to continue our valuable work with a contribution  – your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 


New incentives for donations included in the CARES Act make charitable giving a worthwhile financial tool that works as well for the giver as the receiver (please consult your tax advisor or other reliable resources for details):

  • Even if you don’t itemize deductions, you can now deduct up to $300 from your adjusted gross income for monetary donations to charities

  • If your do itemize deductions, there is no longer a cap at 60% of your adjusted gross income – if you can make larger gifts, you can now deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for monetary donations to charities

  • If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can still donate up to $100,000 from your retirement account directly to a charity without paying tax on the distribution even though the CARES ACT eliminates the required minimum distributions (RMDs) from many retirements plans in 2020

Donations may be made online through the PayPal button below; by check mailed to Benicia Historical Museum, 2060 Camel Road, Benicia CA 94510; or by credit/debit card by calling the Museum Office at 707-745-5435, Tuesdays through Fridays between 9AM and 2PM.


Thank you for your support!


"The history of California is written in the story of Benicia"

Chapters in the Story of Benicia

Educational outreach includes historical re-creation activities

Guided tours of the Powder Magazine

The Early California Gallery - exploring the settlement of California

Robert Semple and Benicia' s "Firsts"

Cultural events, such as Nikolai Massenkoff in concert, inspired by the Concepción Argüello & Nikolai Rezanov love story

"Strange Ladies", a theatrical performance dramatizing the Woman Suffrage movement

Online Archives – Free to the Public