Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society is accommodated in a 1947 cottage and includes a collection of historic artefacts, memorabilia, trophies and photographs that take you through the journey of the Balboa island. Originally only an area covered with sand, William S. Collins converted the place into one of the most unique and scenic places around Newport Beach. Over time, with tourism, the island carved out a place for itself. The museum has a dedicated exhibit that portrays the 100 year old history of the site right from the dredging to the construction of luxury homes of the families who came here to live.
The place gives you a peak into the history of the Native American tribes, Spanish explorers and navigators who chanced upon the island as well. With growing popularity, the island also became a common haunt for Hollywood starts and the elite. The memorabilia of famous people is a popular addition to the museum is something you simply cannot miss! The collection of photographs dating back to the 20’s and 30’s adds to the collection and is a rare find in itself.
End the visit at the museum store where you can buy mugs with vintage photos printed on them, bookmarks, key chains and quirky décor items for your home.
Entrance Ticket Details For Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society
- Admission to the place is free of cost.
Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society Hours
- Wednesday - Sunday: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
- Closed on Monday
How to Reach Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society
- By Bus: Bayside-Jamboree
- By renting a Car/ Bike
- By hiring a Yellow Cab Taxi
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Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society Reviews & Ratings
Donations-suggested historical museum of early Balboa history and it's fascinating culture. Step away from the harbor for awhile and get inside to learn something you may not have about Balboa. Hands on exhibits encourage families to linger longer. We enjoyed putting a 500-piece puzzle of Balboa Island together! Friendly docents available to answer your questions make this a fabulous find.
Nice little museum tells the history of Balboa, and some of the greater area. Very friendly docent greeted us and gave us an overview of the tiny place, which has been redone in recent years. Take the ferry from Newport to Balboa with your car for added mobility - and fun.
Interesting to see the history and those who contributed in that era such as John Wayne and others. Also interesting all of the movies that were filmed here and other local talent and stories. You will want to donate after walking through, enjoy!! :)
really nice place to stop and spend time reading about the different aspects of history of Balboa and the surrounding area. This isn't just some rich beach resort, it has a rich history from its early days purchased as marshland through the golden era of movies when many stars called this area home
It's not the best museum, but a nice place to visit if you're in the area. Staff are incredibly fun and friendly. Lots of great souvenirs.