Artifact Collection

Welcome to MHM's Artifact Collection

The Museum’s Artifact Collection represents the cultural and historical experiences of the people, communities and land use of Marin County, past and present. The collection’s scope is representative of the many phases of Marin’s social, political and cultural development and contains 25,000+ objects.

 The strength and heart of the collection lies in its connection to the local citizens, innovators, families, businesses and industries of Marin. It features items from the 1906 Earthquake, two World’s Fairs, the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marinship, Hamilton Field, the arctic explorer Louise Arner Boyd, Northwest Pacific Railroad and Ferry Company and San Quentin Prison.

Some unique items in our collection include a 17th century Spanish sword, the Verdenal pioneer journal, Louise Arner Boyd’s expedition snowshoes and artwork made by San Quentin inmates.​
Prominent Collections​​
The Collection is composed of several Sub-Collections, they include:

  • San Rafael Military Academy Collection
  • San Rafael Improvement Club Collection
  • Louise Arner Boyd Collection
  • The Marin County Supreme Court Report Collection
  • Roy Farrington Jones Real Estate Collection
  • Jeff Craemer Collection

Objects in the larger Collection and these sub-collections are maintained for their historical relevance and educational value, and represent the cornerstone of our exhibits. 
The Marin History Museum collaborates with many other local historical societies and museums.
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