The Bolinas Museum is a private, non-profit organization funded by membership support, private donations, and granting organizations. Museum programming is made possible in part by grants from the Marin Community Foundation, the Stinson/Bolinas Community Fund, the Sellon Family Fund, the Jenifer Altman Foundation, the Outrageous Foundation, the Fullerton Family Fund, and the James Irvine Foundation.
Founded in 1982, the Bolinas Museum is the premier fine arts museum in Marin County. Visitors are surprised to find a museum of this caliber in such a country setting. The beauty of the area and its proximity to the metropolitan Bay Area has always attracted highly creative people to coastal Marin communities. The Museum reflects regional interests and the remarkably rich talent pool of artists from coastal Marin, while stimulating the appreciation of visitors from all over the world. Visiting the Bolinas Museum is free to all, as are many of its cultural events. Special fundraising events occur throughout the year including the annual Art Auction and the annual holiday Mini Show, both offering for sale exceptional work from well-known Bay Area artists.
The Museum comprises five galleries as well as the Wintersteen Courtyard. The Main Gallery offers bi-monthly changing exhibitions of contemporary art and history. The Helene Sturdivant Mayne Photography Gallery shows six exhibitions a year of diverse fine art photography. Regional artists are featured in the Coastal Marin Artists Gallery and The Margaret Duncan Greene Gallery exhibits selections from the permanent collection of art from the 1800s to the present. The Floyd Russell Family History Room details the history of the area with photographs, documents and objects from the extensive collections in the Museum’s archive. One wall is reserved for changing displays of regional interest.