History Museums of Novato


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  photo of Novato History Museum 

Novato History Museum
In the historic 1850 Postmaster's House

815 DeLong Avenue, Novato, CA 94945
Phone: (415) 897-4320

  image of historic Hamilton Field History Museum 

Hamilton Field History Museum
In the historic 1934 Firehouse

555 Hangar Avenue, Novato, CA 94949
Phone: (415)  382-8614

Museum Hours (both locations): Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday
12pm - 4pm or by appointment
Closed on Holidays
Admission: FREE

Please call the main number for each museum for more information.

Mailing address: Novato Historical Guild, P.O. Box 1296, Novato, CA

Novato Historical Guild

The Novato Historical Guild is a volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to staff and financially support the Novato History Museum and the Hamilton Field History Museum. The Guild has a partnership agreement with the City of Novato: the City owns the Museum buildings and the historical collections, and the Guild makes sure the Museums are open to the public, as well as are educational, inviting, and safe places to visit.

The Guild hosts quarterly membership meetings, which usually involve guest speakers on local history topics, and publishes The Novato Historian, a quarterly newsletter.

Membership in the Novato Historical Guild supports the preservation and interpretation of the history of Novato and Hamilton Field. Members receive a hard copy of the quarterly newsletter in the mail, The Novato Historian, gift shop discounts, and invitations to exclusive events.

Membership Fees:

Type  Fee 
Individual  $20/yr 
Family  $30/yr 
Student  $10/yr 
Business  $50/yr 
Patron  $100/yr 
Supporting  $200/yr 
Life, Individual  $350/yr 
Life, Joint  $500/yr 
Corporate Membership  $1,000/yr 
Benefactor  $1,00/yr 

Novato Historical Guild Membership Application and/or Membership Renewal Form 

Gift Shop

The Museum Gift Shops have the perfect unique gift for local history lovers!

Besides the items shown below, there are additional gifts and souvenirs, such as books, notecards, T-shirts, and sweatshirts, available at each museum. The Gift Shops are open during our regular public hours.

For more information, please call the Novato History Museum at (415) 897-4320 or the Hamilton Field History Museum at (415) 382-8614.

To order items via mail order, please print, fill out, and mail the NHG gift shop order form.

 photo of book  Novato Township - Land Grant to World War II
by May Ungemach
The definitive history of the Novato and north Marin area with over 300 historic photos and maps (496 pages). $30.50 
 photo of book cover  Hamilton Field, an Images of America Book, published 2008.
Contains over 100 historic images of Hamilton Field, primarily from the museum archives. $21.00
 photo of book cover  Novato, a Then & Now Book, published 2009. Contains historic photographs of Novato from the Museum archives, compared to Ron Vela's "now" photographs of the same sites. $21.00 
 photo of book cover  A Brief History of Hamilton Army Airfield
Describes the early conception of coastal airfields in the 1920's, the efforts of local citizens to acquire land for an airfield during the Depression, a day in the life at Hamilton, and women service units before and during WWII (12 pages). $3.00
 photo of DVD cover  Mission Accomplished (DVD - previously on video)
Shows historical film footage of the designing and building of Hamilton Army Airfield, explores the military units that served before and after WWII, its roles as Hamilton AFB, and post-AFB uses--including housing Southeast Asian refugees following the Vietnam War. Produced by the Army Corps of Engineers (28 mins.). $15.00
 photo of video tape  City of Novato Early Years (DVD - previously on video)
A narrative and pictorial description of the historical development of downtown Novato (15 mins.). $10.00
 ornament  Ceramic Ornament - Novato City Hall
The front of the ornament is a line drawing of Novato City Hall, and the back is inscribed with a four-sentence brief history of the building. It is also marked as "1st in a series of ornaments featuring historic sites in Novato." $12.00
 photo of Tote Bag  Tote Bag - Novato History Museum
Rugged cotton bag with double straps--comes in red, royal blue, navy blue, and black. $12.50
 photo of Novato History Collector Cards  Novato History Collector Cards
Our famous Collector Cards - 42 cards depicting historical buildings and people from Novato.
Entire set $12.00
Pack of 10 cards $3.00
Individual cards $.30  
Leather Goods
Unique quality leather goods with the picture of Novato City Hall on the front. The leather items are manufactured by a local Novato company.
photo of Coin Purse  photo of Leather Card Holder  photo of Leather Purse 
 Coin Purse $15.00      Card Holder $12.50        Purse w/strap $23.00

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