Beverly Phelan – Archives Director
Jim Lessenger – Research Historian
Roberta Garrett – Assistant Registrar
Bob Kvasnicka– Assistant Registrar
Fred Paine – Computer Consultant
Susan Sullivan – Education Outreach Chair
Deb Machado – Gift Shop
The Board of Directors of the Benicia Historical Museum is composed of members of the museum elected for terms of three years. The elections are held during the Annual Membership meeting every September.
Board Vice President
A message from the BHM Board of Directors
In the early 1980s, a group of dedicated Benicians were determined to preserve the history of this historic town. It was through their efforts that the City of Benicia recognized the value of preserving the original Benicia Arsenal buildings that now house the Museum complex. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and placed on the list of California Historical Landmarks. On December 7, 1982, the Benicia City Council dedicated the “Camel Barn” complex to the Benicia Historical Museum. The Museum opened to the public on May 19, 1985.
Since its opening, the Museum has undergone several recasts and updates. This includes: creation of interactive displays, a dedicated space for rotating exhibits, including the Powder Magazine as part of the Museum galleries, the Industrial Exhibit in Building 7, switching all of the lighting to sustainable LEDs, building Spenger Garden behind the main Museum, the Benicia Arsenal exhibit and timeline, and the current updates to the Entryway, Welcome area, and permanent exhibits. Each new addition has added to the value of the Museum and the community.
The Museum continues to host concerts and events to fundraise for new programs and updates to gallery space. The Museum offers free community events such as lectures about local history, author discussions and book signings, archaeological events for children, and more throughout the year. We also offer guided tours for adult and senior groups as well as educational tours with hands-on reenactment activities for school groups. See the Events page or Facebook for a calendar of upcoming events.
Such programs and quality exhibits are only possible with the community’s help. We invite you to visit and hope you will consider becoming a member of the museum. Thank you for your support.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Board of Directors
Benicia Historical Museum
Docents & Tour Guides
Very little would be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers, docents, and tour guides. Their daily contributions are priceless and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all their hard work. Some of our volunteers have been involved with us from the dedication of the museum in 1982. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, see our Volunteers & Docents page for more information.
$5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors 60 and over and Students, $2 for Children
Free entry with Military Identification