“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, online archives, and events and activities.”


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. 

You can also donate by calling the Museum Office at 707-745-5435, or by mail to 2060 Camel Road, Benicia CA 94510


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 - new exhibits installed in 2019

Semple and the Bear Flag Revolt - part of "The Birth of Benicia", our newest exhibit gallery

Robert Semple and Benicia' s "Firsts"

Nikolai Massenkoff in concert, inspired by the Concepción Argüello & Nikolai Rezanov love story

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