Historical and Museums

Visitors to Marin County can choose from a variety of historic activities by either visiting State Parks that are scattered throughout, checking out local museums, walking the Earthquake Trail adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitors Center in West Marin or visiting historic Downtown Larkspur with its turn-of-the century buildings. Marin’s historical attractions offer all visitors a plethora of activities to choose from at any time of the year.

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American Legion Log Cabin - San Anselmo

20 Veterans Place
San Anselmo, CA 94960
415-456-0834
​www.americanlegionlogcabin.com

Built between 1933 and 1934 by veterans of WWI, using local redwood trees and no power tools.  It is home to the American Legion Post 179, Women's American Legion Auxiliary Unit 179 and Boy Scout Troop 15.  The cabin serves... Read More

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Angel Island State Park

415-435-1915
www.angelisland.org

Angel Island State Park is a 740-acre mountainous island in the San Francisco Bay offering a variety of activities including hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, and tram tours. It also has some of the best views of San Francisco and the... Read More

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Fort Baker
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
415-339-3900
www.baykidsmuseum.org

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. The Museum... Read More

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Bolinas Museum

48 Wharf Road
Bolinas, CA 94924
415-868-0330
www.bolinasmuseum.org

Founded in 1983, the mission of the Bolinas Museum is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the arts and history of Coastal Marin and to present exhibitions and events that provide inspiration and cultural enrichment to residents and visitors. Admission is... Read More

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China Camp State Park

Four miles east of San Rafael on North San Pedro Road to the shore of San Pablo Bay
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-456-0766
www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex

This 1,648-acre bayside park just outside of San Rafael, acquired its name from a Chinese fishing village that once flourished there. Visitors may view a preserved fisherman’s cottage and the China Camp Museum. Access the park from Hwy. 101, Exit... Read More

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Dominican University

50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-457-4440 or 1-888-323-6763
www.dominican.edu

The history of Dominican University of California can be traced back to 1850.  As Bishop Alemany was returning to his new post in California, he stopped in Paris and expressed his desire to have a few Dominican sisters join him... Read More

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Golden Gate Bridge

Dial 511 (within the Bay area)
415-455-2000 (outside the Bay area)
www.goldengatebridge.org/visitors

A trip to Marin County wouldn’t be complete without a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. This historic bridge, which is 1.7 miles long, was opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937. Pedestrians and bicyclists may access the bridge... Read More

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Hamilton Field History Museum

555 Hangar Avenue, in the historic 1934 Firehouse
Novato, CA   949494
415-382-8614
www.novato.org/museum

Hamilton Field History Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits exploring the history and stories of Hamilton Army Airfield and Air Force Base, and the life of the field after decommissioning.

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12:00 – 4:00pm;... Read More

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Marin Art & Garden Center

30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

Ross, CA 94957

415-455-5260

www.magc.org  

Marin Art & Garden Center stands on land that was originally part of a Mexican land grant called "Rancho Punta de Quentin."  James Ross, for whom the town of Ross was named, owned it.  He settled here in 1857 on... Read More

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Marin Museum of Bicycling & Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

1966 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Fairfax, CA 94930
415-450-8000
www.mmbhof.org

 

The Marin Museum of Bicycling is a bicycle history museum and cultural center in Fairfax, California. Highlights include the Igler Collection showing the fascinating evolution of the bicycle with original examples from the 1860s to the 1890s, and the Mountain... Read More

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Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)

500 Palm Drive
Novato, CA  94949
415-506-0137
www.marinmoca.org

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is a vibrant arts center which helps the visual arts flourish. We offer free contemporary art exhibitions that showcase local, national, and international artists, while creating a supportive environment for artists to work, collaborate, and... Read More

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Marin Museum of the American Indian

2200 Novato Boulevard
Novato, CA  94947
415-897-4064
www.marinindian.com

The mission of the Museum of the American Indian is to provide the people of Northern California with programs and exhibits that deepen understanding and appreciation of Native American cultures. The Museum promotes accuracy, sensitivity and respect for the heritage... Read More

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Mission San Rafael Arcangel

1104 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-456-3016
www.saintraphael.com

On December 14, 1817, Mission San Rafael was established as an assistencia or “helper” mission to Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Because its original purpose was to care for the sick, it was named after St. Rafael the Archangel, the... Read More

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Novato Historic Old Town

415-897-1164

tourism.novatochamber.com

Historical buildings dot downtown Novato, including the Novato History Museum (1850), City Hall (a former Presbyterian church built in 1896) and Druid’s Hall (1899), among others. Novato’s old town is located along Grant Avenue.

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Novato History Museum

815 DeLong Avenue, in the historic 1850 Postmaster's House
Novato, CA  94945
415-897-4320
www.novato.org/museum

Novato History Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits exploring Novato’s history, from daily life to local industry, beginning with the Mexican land grants of the mid-19th century through modern history.

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00pm; Free... Read More

Novato Museums Association

Novato, CA 94947
415-897-5705
​www.novatomuseums.org

Novato Museums Association is a volunteer organization that represents Novato’s six museums, which includes Hamilton Field History Museum, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)Marin Museum of the American Indian, Novato History Museum,

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Olompali State Historic Park

8901 Redwood Highway
Novato, CA 94948
415-892-3383
www.parks.ca.gov/olompali

Olompali State Historic Park features interpretative displays on the history of the park at the Visitor Center, ranging from pre-historic Coast Miwok settlements through 19th-20th century Mexican and American ranching.

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00am – 5:00pm; Visitor Center... Read More

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Point Bonita Lighthouse

Sausalito, CA 94965
415-331-1540
www.nps.gov/goga/pobo.htm

This active lighthouse dates from 1877 and sits on top of a rugged outcropping overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Access to the lighthouse is from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, down a one mile long road and across a suspension... Read More

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Point Reyes Lighthouse

Lighthouse Visitor Center
Point Reyes, CA
415-669-1534
www.nps.gov/pore

The Point Reyes Lighthouse is located at the western-most point of the Point Reyes Headlands. Due to concerns that Point Reyes’ heavy fog could obscure the lighthouse, it was built 275 feet down the bluff. In 1975 the station was... Read More

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San Francisco Theological Seminary - San Anselmo

105 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
415-451-2800
800-447-8820
www.sfts.edu

 The Seminary was founded in 1871 in San Francisco as Presbyterian City College. In 1870 the College received a gift of a 14-acre hilltop in San Anselmo. Money to build the campus was also donated, and on September 21, 1892... Read More

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The Haven at Tomales

900 Cerini Road
Tomales, CA 94971
707-878-2181
www.tomaleshaven.com

Experience 1,000 acres on the California Coast nearly untouched by humans since gold rush settlers in the 1800s laid claim to the land. The Haven at Tomales is located on a family owned and operated private ranch, home to Purebred... Read More

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The Space Station Museum

464 Ignacio Boulevard at Pacheco Plaza
Novato, CA  94949
415-524-3940
www.thespacestationca.org

There is a need to have permanent space exhibits in the Bay Area to help educate children about the exciting history of space exploration, and to increase the public’s understanding that a strong global commitment toward future space travel is... Read More

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Unity in Marin - Novato

600 Palm Drive
Novato, CA  94949
415-475-5000
www.unityinmarin.org  

Step back in time to the sun-kissed days when California belonged to Spain and the centers of its towns held flowing fountains, colonnades, bell towers, gardens and charming baroque facades.

Unity In Marin invites you to do just that. Nestled in... Read More

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