Museum Schedule


Reopening Saturday, October 1 at 12 PM

Join us on October 1st to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibitions:
“Pacific Rise: Ocean Health”
“Laurie Mahan Sawyer: Seeing the Unseen”
2 PM Artist Talks with Laurie Mahan Sawyer & Keith Hansen
3 – 5 PM Reception
Free and Open to All


Upcoming Programs & Events

  • October 29
    Sat 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Gallery Talk

    Michael Stocker: The Wonder of Ocean Sounds

    Join us for this free family-friendly talk, revealing the astonishingly rich acoustical ocean environment. From whales to tiny barnacles, sound and vibration are essential for marine life communication. Besides the wonder of discovery, today, marine bio-acousticians are urgently calling public attention to increasingly devastating noise pollution from military, industrial, and recreational human intrusion. Michael Stocker, founding director of Ocean Conversation Research, is an internationally recognized expert on marine acoustics.

  • November 5
    Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Gallery Talk

    Gallery Talk: Views Through a Microscope with Jenny Jacox, Janai Southworth, and Friends

    Look through a microscope into a drop of water drawn from the edge of Bolinas Lagoon, and a profusion of jewel-like life forms is revealed. Plankton drifts through the ocean; the plant-like phytoplankton create some 50% of the world’s oxygen, and zooplankton, microscopic animals, include the larvae form of crabs, barnacles, jellyfish, mussels, and more. By setting up microscopes, some attached to larger screens, Jenny Jacox (Ph.D., Ocean Sciences) and artist/naturalist Janai Southworth will give us a fascinating window into this tiny world. Their breadth of knowledge is formidable, and they’ve created an atmosphere of discovery, fellowship, wonder, and appreciation of all things microscopic." This free event will fascinate people of all ages!

  • November 12
    Sat 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Panel Discussion

    Great Minds Panel Discussion with Dr. Peter Gleckler, Ellen Litwiller, Joe Mueller, & Terry Sawyer

    Concurrent with the "Pacific Rise: Ocean Health" exhibition, please join us for a fascinating conversation with experts who bring insights into both local and global issues as we consider climate change and the health of the ocean waters that cover 71% of our planet. Dr. Peter Gleckler, a Bolinas resident, works internationally contributing to the cutting-edge understanding of climate change and ocean warming. He has been a leader and contributing author on multiple scientific assessments prepared by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for international leaders, policymakers, and the public. Ellen Litwiller combines her fine art and scientific knowledge by creating murals, models, illustrations, and exhibits for natural history museums, from the California Academy of Science to the Smithsonian. She grew up in Muir Beach and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. Joe Mueller is a 30-year professor of marine biology at the College of Marin, with in-depth knowledge of West Coast ocean habitats. An Inverness resident, he has served on the Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council since 1992 and is also an educator for SeaTrek Bali in Indonesia. Terry Sawyer is the co-founding partner of the renowned Hog Island Oyster Company on Tomales Bay. Trained as a biologist at UC Santa Cruz and with decades of hands-on experience in local waters, Sawyer is a leading voice for sustainability in aquaculture and addressing climate change.

  • November 20
    Sun 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nature Walk

    Low Tide Duxbury Reef Walk with Kent Khtikian

    Duxbury Reef, edging the Bolinas headland, is the largest intertidal shale reef in North America and home to an extraordinary diversity and density of marine life. Reef inhabitants have evolved ingenious adaptations to live in an environment that alternates between pounding waves and drying at low tide, yet they are vulnerable to damage by human visitors. Attorney and environmental activist Kent Khtikian created a program, now organized by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, to teach citizens to act as docents on the reef, sharing marine ecology and tidepool etiquette with the public. On this walk, Khtikian will lead us in carefully observing and learning about Duxbury Reef’s unique environment and its inhabitants. S

    pace is limited, please make your reservation soon by calling the museum at (415) 868-0330.

The mission of the Bolinas Museum is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the art and history of coastal Marin and to present exhibitions and events that provide inspiration and cultural enrichment to residents and visitors alike.