Museums / Learning Exhibits

Museums - Natural and Historical

Marin County Historical Society, Boyd Gate House, San Rafael
(4 minutes from the Marin Vista House)

Learning Museums

Marin County Historical Society
1125 D Street, San Rafae,l CA 94901  (415) 454-8538

Bay Area Discovery Museum
East Fort Baker 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965  (415) 289-7266

The Bolinas Museum
48 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA 94924  (415) 868-0330

Marin Museum of the American Indian
2200 Novato Boulevard, Novato CA 94948  (415) 897-4064

Old Timers Museum
11 Knolltop Ct., Novato CA 94945  #728-1160

Global Virtual Museum
P.O. Box 93, Ross, CA 94957  (415) 456-1849


Marin Civic Center, designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright

Marin County Civic Center

designed by: Frank Lloyd Wright

Falkirk Mansion, San Rafael.
(4minutes from the Marin Vista House)

Historical / Cultural 

Belvedere/Tiburon Landmark Society:

P.O. Box 134, Belvedere-Tiburon, CA 94920   (415) 415/435-1853 

China Camp State Park:
Route 1, Box 244, San Rafael, CA 94901  (415) 456-0766

Fairfax Historical Society:
P.O. Box 622, Fairfax CA 94978  (415) 454-3615

Novato History Museum and Archives:
815 Delong Avenue, Novato CA 94945  (415) 897-4320

Old Timers Museum
11 Knolltop Ct., Novato CA 94945  728-1160

Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901  (415) 485-3328

Sausalito Historical Society
420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA 94966  (415)

Marin Heritage
P.O. Box 1432, San Rafael CA 94915  (415) 454-2168

Olompali State Historic Park
P.O. Box 1016, Novato, CA 94948  (415) 892-3383

Nature Preserves

Mount Tamalpais State Park, Bolinas Ridge.

Mount Tamalpais State Park Visitor Center 

Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society

China Camp State Park

Tule Elk State Reserve Visitor Center

Olompali State Historic Park

Unique Local Tours:

Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour:

  • Tour historic houseboat communities, see world's most unique, luxurius, finest and funniest living accommodations.
  • Tour historic World War II shipyards and the birthplace of the Liberty ships.
  • Watch artists at work in waterfront art studios
  • Visit Spaulding Boatworks and the Arques School of Traditional Boat Building for a look at this time-honored craft of wooden boat building. Meet the craftsmen, see boats large and small, delight in finding artisans tucked into nooks and crannies of the historic shipyard.

Mt. Tam Observatory- discussion, Observation &

  • Welcome to the Mt. Tamalpais Interpretive Association (MTIA), a cooperative organization run wholly by volunteers to help you enjoy Mt Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, north of San Francisco. 

    The MTIA offers:

    • Guided hikes, from easy strolls to rigorous multi-milers as well as moonlight and moonrise hikes. 
    • Astronomy nights May through October, with lectures followed by telescope viewing. Astronomy events take place at the Rock Spring parking area and the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, more commonly known as the Mountain Theater.
    • Every spring, a professional theater group stages a musical at the Mountain Theater. Thousands of people make the Mountain Play a hike destination and occasion for a picnic with friends and family.
    • A Visitor Center at East Peak that is open weekend days, as is the recently opened Gravity Car Barn.
      • Learn about the history, geology, flora, and fauna of Mt. Tam. 
      • You can also get trail advice and find maps and gifts.