Local History
The Magic of History For Today & Our Future
We want to share ours with you and yours with us

Make History Marvelous
Your membership helps the Marin History Museum continue offering innovative exhibits, informative educational programs and dynamic events that highlight our collection and expertise.

K​eep History Alive
Without your support, the Marin History Museum simply couldn’t offer engaging exhibits, informative educational programs and entertaining events and walks.

Be a Part of History
Quite simply, the Marin History Museum is its volunteers.  Generous community members help our small professional staff with the myriad things it takes to run a museum and its programs.
Marin's History is Your History

Featured Exhibit


Marin County Fair - Over the Moon

Speaker this Thursday!  China Camp, by Ed Lai

Join MHM and the County of Marin in celebrating one of Marin's biggest  annual events. The Fair opens July 3rd, 2019 and runs through July 7th. Come to the Exhibition Hall to see the Museum's exhibiton on "Over the Moon." Tickets can be purchased ​​​​​ here  starting March 15th.
Join us as we journey back in time to see life as it was along the San Pablo shoreline in the mid 1800s. China Camp State Park Docent Ed Lai will tell the story of 19th century China Camp as it is woven into the larger experience of the Chinese-American diaspora.

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History Watch

Images, Artifacts & Information at Your Fingertips

By Scott Fletcher 

Search MHM's database of digital images and data from the Artifact, Photography, and Library & Archive Collections. These span from maps, paintings, tools, to clothing. As well as objects and photos from the 1906 Earthquake, the Golden Gate Bridge, Marinship, Hamilton Field, Northwest Pacific Railroad & Ferry Company, San Quentin Prison, personal effects of arctic explorer Louise Boyd, and, most significantly, the Ed Brady Aerial Photo Collection.
Volunteer Scott Fletcher researches, writes and locates a companion photograph for Marin's almost forgotten history. History Watch is featured in the Marin IJ twice a month and can be found here as soon as it is published
Click the button below to read a fascinating
nugget from Marin's history
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History Watch



HIstory from all Sources
Marin's history drawn from past articles, newlsetters and our biannual history magazine, the Bulletin. BEWARE! You'll find yourself going down the rabbit hole of hypnotizing history. From the County's ol' watering holes to St. Patrick's Day celenbrations to Marin's most famous murders - you'll find it here.
Share Your Marin History
Through the generosity of individuals, families and organizations, the Marin History Museum has amassed a collection of some 20,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs and countless books, ephemera, histories and curiosities that tell the story of Marin and its people.



Celebrating Marin Since 1935
The Marin History Museum’s mission is to celebrate the traditions, innovation and creativity of the people of Marin County, California.  Through exhibitions and educational programs built around the expertise of noted historians and an unparalleled collection, the Museum inspires honor for the past, an understanding of the present and an imagination of the future.
Supporting the Museum Through Knowledge
The Museum has dozens of history books by local authors. Explore the glens and valleys of Marin County through books like MHM's own  Modern San Rafael 1940-2000, or  Chief Marin by Betty Goerke, and the most recent arrival,  It Happened in Marin by Jim Holden. These titles and more are available here on the Museum's website.