Boyd Gate House, Circa 1890

Boyd Gate House, Circa 1890

Press Statement

The Marin History Museum



The Marin History Museum has continued to monetize non-restricted items that are neither tied to Marin history nor donor-restricted. They belong to the Museum and the Museum, like any other non-profit business, is permitted to do this.                                   

We have worked with a reputable, bonded and insured Estate Auction Firm who has appraised non-donor restricted items that belong to the Museum and sold some of them. The proceeds are used for the continued day-to-day operations of the Museum, including rent, utilities, insurances and security, in addition to its dissolution process. 

The Board understands its obligations to provide for the ongoing storage and stewardship of the Museum's 20,000 artifacts, over 200,000 historical photographs and full research library. We are currently in discussions with other charitable and 501(c)(3) organizations with ties to Marin County history. The Board is developing a plan of action that will be completed by the stated Museum closure date of August 31, 2015. We are committed to doing this respectfully and in accordance with all legal requirements.  

Board of Directors

Marin History Museum

Issued: April 15, 2015


The Museum thanks its myriad of partners and supporters across the last two years, including:  

Bank of Marin, Catchafire, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership, City of San Rafael, County of Marin,  Craemer Family, Community Media Center of Marin, Il Davide Restaurant, San Rafael Elks Lodge, George Lucas Family Foundation, Dominican University of California, Roots of Peace, George and Donnalei Sumner  and Wells Fargo Bank. 


Check out these recent Marin History Videos produced by Marin's very own Ed Dudkowski.

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The Marin History Museum - The Boyd Gate House, San Rafael, CA

The Marin History Museum - The Boyd Gate House, San Rafael, CA

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Downtown San Rafael circa 1890

Downtown San Rafael circa 1890


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Louise Boyd Artifacts

Louse Boyd

Louse Boyd

Louise Boyd

A women of historic firsts, Louise Boyd explored the globe.

In scrapbooks curated at the Marin History Museum, news clippings from newspapers around the world, in several languages, proclaim the events in Louise Boyd’s life. “Arctic Diana,” “The Girl Who Tamed the Arctic,” read the headlines. The old Independent Journal announces the gala receptions for the Marin Music Chest. And then there are little clippings about a dinner for several friends or a tea to raise money for a worthy cause.

These two phases of Louise Boyd’s life lie side by side on the scrapbook page; the Arctic explorer and the society woman. Louise Boyd was a paradox. She seemed to slip from one lifestyle to the other so easily. It has always been a puzzle how Louise Boyd accomplished the transition so gracefully.


Read more about Louise Boyd here