Research & Archives

Museum of History Benicia


MoHB serves as the archives of the City of Benicia. The Museum’s archives, housed within the Silas Casey building, contain many thousands of photos, reference books, maps, documents, and more.

Some research projects can be completed for the public free of charge, but more advanced projects — or projects requiring photos or documents to be copied or scanned — require payment to the Museum.

Public research in the archives is available by appointment only. To contact the Museum with a research request or to make a research appointment, please contact Curator Beverly Phelan at

In-Person Research Prices are as follows:

In-person Research Appointments are $35.00 an hour

In-person appointments are available from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday – Friday

High-resolution scanned images (digital copies) 1 to 5 images $10.00 each

The 6th and all subsequent images are $5.00 each

Note: Large bags, pens, food, or beverages are not allowed in the research room. All researchers must provide their own pencils and paper. We will provide gloves if necessary. Thank you for your understanding. If you have questions, need to book an appointment, would like to request images, or secure staff time for your research, please contact Curator Beverly Phelan at the email above.

Thank you for your interest in researching with the Museum of History Benicia.

Donate to the Museum Archives

Thank you for your interest in donating an artifact to the Museum of History Benicia! If you would like information on the types of artifacts accepted by MoHB, please refer to our Collections Policy here.

We ask that you please do not bring your artifact donation directly to the museum. Please use the form below, and a staff member will contact you.

Thank you!

Artifact/Archives Donation Form

PLEASE DO NOT drop off or mail your artifact donations directly to the museum. If you are interested in donating to the Benicia Historical Museum collection, please use this form to submit information about your artifact.

Upload a photo or two of the item you are interested in submitting for consideration. Please keep your file sizes under 500kb if possible. Thank you. File types: jpg, jpeg

Industrial Exhibit

Industrial Exhibit

The Silas Casey Building (Building #7) was erected for the Arsenal in 1853. It now houses our Industrial Exhibit, Archive offices, and Education Department.


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