We have been voted one of the best museums!
Balboa Island has long been one of the most popular destinations for Orange County residents and visitors, alike. Now, since the grand opening of the New Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society on November 30, 2018, locals and tourists can experience Balboa as never before, with an entertaining and in-depth look at the rich and storied history of this beloved island.
Originally founded in 2000 in a much smaller space a few blocks away, The Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society – now located in a historic building at 210 Marine Avenue – has nearly tripled in size. The new facility allows for expanded exhibits, new collections and other amenities, including a children’s interactive zone and space for community gatherings and events.
The Museum’s new home, at 210 Marine Ave., was first developed in 1927 as “Richardson’s Yacht Club Garage,” for boat repair and boat storage. Throughout its years, the building has housed a temporary fire department (1927-31), the lab for California Vitamins, Inc. (AKA: Nutrilite, 1937-1939), a series of locally owned hardware stores (1942-1979), the famous Original Balboa Beach Company (1984-1998) and the beloved Art for the Soul (1998-2018).
10 Minute History Talks
Balboa Island Museum would like to introduce our new series of 10 Minute History Talks. This video covers an intro to “Two Years Before the Mast” and sailing vocabulary!
Celeste highlights Bill Stewart’s whaling crafts collection and whaling off the coast of Southern California.
Celeste highlights the arrival of Samuel Dunnells in Newport Bay!
Celeste highlights the early life of James Irvine I.
Celeste highlights the accomplishments of a Navigator, Explorer, and Conquistador.
10 Minute History Talks Episode 6 Celeste describes How California got its name and the Voyage of Cabrillo.
Celeste highlights the hijinks of the Balboa Island Sculling and Punting Society!
10 Minute History Talks from the Balboa Island Museum Episode 8 “Newport Beach Telephone History”
10 Minute History Talks “It’s all about the River” Episode 9
10 Minute History Talks “Surfing Influencers” Episode 10
10 Minute History Talks “James McFadden” Episode 11
10 Minute History Talks “California Missions” Episode 12
10 Minute History Talks “Spanish and Mexican Land Grants” Episode 13
Wow! What an impressive Shirley Temple Exhibit! Thanks
Was wonderful. We didn't even know this was here. Way to go keeping the history alive
Azi & Ali E.
Lovely exhibits, especially of the Duke!
Loved all the interactive experiences!
Very interesting exhibits, we've been visiting for 50 years!
Lovely, nostalgic, look at Balboa Island! Thank you!
Dawn A. & Patrick D.
Fabulous displays of yesteryears- incredible
Spectacular job of artistry, professional presentation, bravo!
Barbra and Dan A.
John Wayne FOREVER ! We miss you, Duke !
Beautiful Museum- wonderful displays enjoy all the history - photos and info- thank you!
Joe and Dawn A.
Fantastic!! We will be back and bringing people with us! Such a rich history.
Robert and Michelle S.
Fabulous museum! brings back fond memories.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
The New Balboa Island Museum pays homage to the island so many of us know, love and call home – and a place that continues to capture the imaginations and hearts of visitors the world over.
Hours of Operation:
The Museum Store is OPEN: Monday – Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday – Sunday 10am to 5pm
Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, 4th of July
Admission: Free general admission on all days. We gladly accept cash donations!
Ask about our Kids Scavenger Hunt!
Parking: Two hour parking is available on Marine Ave. You can park in the surrounding neighborhood for the extended day.
949.675.3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR Mission and Vision Statement
To collect, preserve and promote the culture and history of Balboa Island and Newport Beach.
Inspiring our community. A place to gather. Celebrating our heritage.
Board of Directors
Jo Ellen Heck
James "Jim" Quandt
Brenda St. Hilaire
Renee Pepys Lowe
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