About the Bolinas Museum
Bolinas Museum was formed in 1983 to collect, preserve, and exhibit the art and history of coastal Marin and present exhibitions and events that provide inspiration and cultural enrichment to residents and visitors alike. Admission to the museum is always free, and everyone is welcome. The museum has always celebrated cultural diversity and inclusivity. The museum today is the shared accomplishment of hundreds of people who, over the decades, have given their time, support, and vision to make this a thriving institution with a reputation for excellence.
Bolinas Museum’s historic buildings are nestled in a unique geologic landscape separated from the North American continent by the wildlife-rich Bolinas Lagoon and the San Andreas Fault. The land’s beauty and proximity to the metropolitan Bay Area have always attracted highly creative people to our coastal Marin communities. The museum program reflects regional interests, the vibrant talents of coastal Marin artists, and culturally diverse exhibitions often highlighting internationally renowned artists. The museum contains five galleries of art, history, fine art photography, coastal Marin artists, and selections from the museum’s permanent collection. Exhibitions in the main gallery are primarily of contemporary art and may also include presentations of early California art, natural history, art from specific cultures, and more. Exhibits in the history room illuminate the vibrant story of this small town, from the Indigenous Coast Miwok people to life in coastal Marin today.
Bolinas Museum is a private, non-profit organization funded primarily by membership support, private donors, grants, and our special fundraising events held throughout the year, including the museum’s highly regarded Annual Benefit Art Auction. Bolinas Museum often collaborates with other organizations for history and art exhibitions. Since its inception, it has hosted student visits, educational events, and student experiences with our exhibiting artists— for local and Bay Area schools and groups. Each January, the museum features a three-gallery student art exhibition from the Bolinas-Stinson School’s exceptional and award-winning Art Shops Program. The Museum’s free courtyard events include live music concerts, artist’s talks, readings, opening receptions, workshops, special parties, and interactive events that engage, educate and delight visitors of all ages.