Founded in 1983, the Bolinas Museum is the premier fine arts museum in Marin County. Visitors are surprised to find a museum of this caliber in such a country setting. The beauty of the area and its proximity to the metropolitan Bay Area has always attracted highly creative people to coastal Marin communities. The Museum reflects regional history and interests and the remarkably rich talent pool of artists from Coastal Marin, while stimulating the appreciation of visitors from all over the world.
Admission to the Bolinas Museum is free to all, as are many of its cultural events. Special fundraising events occur throughout the year including the annual Art Auction and the holiday benefit exhibition, both offering for sale exceptional work from well-known Bay Area artists.
The Museum is composed of five galleries as well as the Wintersteen Courtyard. The Main Gallery offers exhibitions of contemporary art and history. The Helene Sturdivant Mayne Photography Gallery presents exhibitions of diverse fine art photography, and regional artists are featured in the Coastal Marin Artists Gallery. The Margaret Duncan Greene Gallery hosts selections from the museum’s permanent fine art collection from the 1800s to the present. The Floyd Russell Family History Room details the history of the area with photographs, documents and objects from the extensive collections in the Museum’s archive. One wall is reserved for changing displays of regional interest.