BENICIA HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Exhibits housed in the 1850s original Benicia Arsenal buildings,
offering educational tours of the Museum buildings
“The history of California is written in the story of Benicia.”
Regular Museum Operating Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Please be advised that during the summer months the Museum may close without notice due to high temperatures or a heat or air quality advisory, as the Museum level of our building does not have air conditioning.
Thank you for your understanding.
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(Fees may apply)
The exhibits, education programs, and community activities presented by the Benicia Historical Museum are made possible in part through the generous donations of the community
Won’t you join us in preserving our city’s important contributions to local and nation history?
News & Notes
at the Camel Barns
by Beverly Phelan Ferry service in Benicia dates back to 1847 after Robert Semple and Thomas Larkin purchased the City’s section of the Suscol Grant from Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. One of the conditions set by Vallejo for the sale of the land...read more
by Beverly Phelan The Majestic Theatre in Downtown Benicia opened with great fanfare on February 23, 1920. By 7:30 PM – opening time – there were more than 1200 people waiting to be admitted, with only half of the people fortunate enough to get in at the first show!...read more
"Benicia's Gold Rush Story" showcases artifacts, narratives, and maps highlighting Benicia's significant role in the California Gold Rush. Artifacts include items uncovered at the von Pfister dig site, gold mining tools and objects, assaying equipment, maps, and an...read more
The Museum serves the community in many ways.
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“The Benicia Historical Museum Is a Gem. So much to see and I learned so much about Benicia and California, and I am a native to California. The permanent and traveling exhibits, just wonderful. The Docent was so knowledgeable. I just loved how quaint it was. “
For additional information
contact the Museum Office at:
Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
$5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors and Students, $2 for Children
Free entry with Military Identification
Free entry first Wednesday of every month