Exhibitions and Events

The Balboa Island Museum has an array of exhibits related to the history of Newport Beach and Balboa Island.  The museum's collections are comprised of objects, documents, and photographs reflecting the history of Balboa Island and the surrounding area.


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 – Thursday 10am to 5pm, Friday – Sunday 10am to 6pm
Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

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.

About the Museum

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).

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

  • President

    Shirley Pepys

  • President Elect

    David Beek

  • Vice President

    Dennis Bress

  • Secretary

    Jo Ellen Heck

  • Treasurer

    Bernadette Peterson

  • Barbara Abbott

  • Paula Castanon

  • Tony Guanci

  • Steve Neimeister

  • Sue Sibley

  • Julie Siebel

  • Brenda St. Hilaire

  • Don Abrams

  • Jack Callahan

  • Keith Curry

  • Connor Harvey

  • Wing Lam

  • Renee Lowe

  • John Scudder

  • Bill Stewart

  • Peter Weitzner

At the Balboa Island Museum, the health and safety of our visitors and staff have always been our top priority.

Following the guidelines set forth by the State of California and the CDC, we have decided to close to the public from March 17 – April 30.  All events on and off-site through April 30 will be postponed.

Any changes and updates to our programs or hours will be announced by email, on our website, and through social media (@bimhs).

Be well and stay healthy.