Enjoy your museum in South Bay San Diego, The Bonita Museum contains two large galleries for visitors to view history, art, and cultural exhibits. The front gallery presents a portion of the museum’s permanent collection which depicts the history of the region including Rancho de la Nacion ranchos and the Sweetwater Valley. The larger second gallery presents changing exhibits such as local contemporary art, history and cultural exhibitions.
The Bonita Historical Society is dedicated to preserve, for public education and enjoyment, the culture, history, art, crafts, and aesthetic facets of the region, specifically El Rancho de la Nacion in South San Diego County. Entry is free to the museum
Proctor Valley Monster Footprint
Paleontology of the Sweetwater Valley and San Diego
Sculpture of San Diego Symphony conductor Mastro Jahja Ling
Mehl Lawson, Cowboy Artists of America sculpture
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Art, History, and Culture exhibitions:
Nuevas Narrativas Nativas / New Native Narratives
exhibition travels to the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center in September
Image courtesy of The Front Arte & Cultura
Dates: Sept. 9 – 24
Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Opening reception: Friday Sept. 16 4:30 – 7:00PM
Participating artists: Leslye Villaseñor, Carlos Luna, Natalia Ventura. Rianne Elyse Magbuhat, Vanessa Rishel, Casiel J. Sanchez, Rodrigo Jimenez, Evan López, Marcela Alarcón López, Adrián del Riego, Jafet Arzate, Marlon PV, Alex Guzmán, David Peña, Luisa Martínez Villalón, MUXXXE, and Jon Villanueva.
New Native Narratives is an exhibition created by TheFront gallery in San Ysidro. It is the final presentation of the artworks by 17 young artists from San Diego, CA and Tijuana, MX.
These young artists were mentored by established artists including Francisco Eme, Sara Solaimani, Mely Barragan, and Andrea Chung, to develop work relevant to our time and region. Selected artworks from the exhibition will travel to the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center for the month of September.
Artworks in New Native Narratives highlight life in our border region as well as travels beyond interpreting life on our planet in a most thoughtful and thought provoking way.
Shelter in Place, San Diego Book Arts
Exhibition dates: July 9 – August 26, 2022
Reception: Sat. July 9 – 4:30 -to 7:00pm
About the exhibition: https://bonitahistoricalsociety.org/san-diego-book-arts-shelter-in-place/
Members of San Diego Book Arts explore the detail and the design of handmade books during “Shelter in Place” an exhibition showcasing artworks created during a Collaborative Mail Art Project that marked the beginning of the Covid shutdown. Handmade books in all forms will be on display during the exhibition. The exhibition which takes place during the “Summer Literacy” program features Saturday bookmaking classes at the museum and at the Bonita Sunnyside Library.
Al Rodrigues, Andrea Factor , Ann Schwawrtzwald, Barbara Ruys, Bonnie Bayham, Carol Harter, Charlotte Carpentier, Chris Kramer, Christina Larkin,
Consuelo Woodhead, Dawn Gasca, Debbie Gerrish, Denise Stephenson, Doria Goocher, Eva-Lynn Diesenhaus, Gina Pisello , Gretchen Hiegel,
Helen Shafer Garcia, Jade Quek, Jane LaFazio, Janis Reeser, Jie Tian, Jim Stiven , Judith Christensen, Julie Hocking
Karen Koykka Oneal, Katherine Bower, Kathy Askin, Krista Neis, Lauraine Clark, Laurel Moorhead, Leslie Snowden, Linda Bussell, Lisa Hartman,
Maria Rebelo, Mary Stefanki Davis, Maureen Ceccarelli, Melinda Rausch, Pam Marrett, Paula Jones Leman, Renée Richetts, Renee Rogers,
Rosemary Rae, Sharon McGill, Susan Longerot, Terrilynn Quick, Wendy Telford
About the Shelter in Place Book Exchange
The Shelter in Place (SIP) artist book exchange was organized by San Diego Book Arts (SDBA) in response to the isolation felt by many artists during the COVID generated quarantines and social distancing in 2020. The organization’s goal was to bring members together via their art, in a time when they could not be
together in person, and when Zoom meetings were just not enough. Participating artists agreed to create at least 3 original artist’s books, each no larger than 3” X3” when closed, and to exchange them with members of their assigned SIP group. SDBA kept track of which members were in each group, and set exchange deadlines. Fast forward to 2021: The 214 books are completed and have been shared by the 59 participating SDBA members.
Enjoy a Summer of Fun!
Bookmaking Workshops at the Museum and Bonita-Sunnyside Library
with Nancy Walter
with Helen Shafer-Garcia
2pm @the library
followed by docent tour of exhibition7/22 – 23 = PV Monster Film & Zine fest
outdoors and in the museum and library
with Gretchen Hiegel
followed by docent tour of exhibition
8/6 All Ages = Candy Bar Mini Books
with Renée Richetts
Use you favorite wrapper (and eat chocolate) during this fun workshop.
11am at the museum
Thank You to Summer Literacy partners: San Diego Book Arts, San Diego Libros, Bonita Sunnyside Library and Sibyl Rubottom at the Athenaeum print shop
The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (BMCC) is located in South Bay San Diego along the Sweetwater River. From the mountains to the bay, the Sweetwater valley has been an ideal historic location for plein air painting.
Visit Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
4355 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902
Open Wednesday through Saturday
10 am. to 4 p.m.
4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA