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Was wonderful. We didn’t even know this was here. Way to go keeping the history alive.

Azi & Ali E.

Absolutely beautiful! So many facts about the island, very incredible. Thank you for the great experience!

Gabi Eckart

So much interesting info. So great to get to know more about the beautiful area!

David, Carnie, Emelia, Ruby Edmondson. (England)

Great information, lovely books & friendly volunteers! We will visit again :) Thanks for sharing Balboa with us.

Azi & Ali E.

Wonderful exhibit. It brought back to many childhood memories of Newport Beach!

Sena & June Killiam

Excellent Museum in a beautiful location!

Craig & Nicole Burnton

I so very much enjoyed your well layed out museum. Thank you!

Judy Stafford

Love this place learned so much about history + lifeguards!

Really cool and interesting museum!

Madison Hinkle (Long Beach, Ca)


Balboa Island Ferry

In 1910, W.S. Collins received the first city contract to run a ferry from Balboa to his new development, Balboa Island. His boat man was a loud, loveable man by the name of John Watts.

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John Wayne

In Hollywood, he was a movie star, an Academy Award winner and a figure larger than life. In Newport Beach, he was a friend, a neighbor, a club member, a boater, a bridge player, a fisherman and first and foremost a father.

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The Beeks

Joseph Allen Beek was the longest serving secretary of the Senate in California history, 1919-1968. Joe Beeked was born in Maine and established residency in California in 1907.

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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: Monday – 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 Scavenger Hunt!

Parking: Two hour parking is available on Marine Ave. You can park in the surrounding neighborhood for an extended day.

Location: 210 B Marine Ave. Balboa Island, CA 92662

Contact: 949.675.3952 or


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