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Balboa Island with all its allure and charm has been a favorite California location for locals and vacationers alike…Read More

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Island History


Balboa Island is an area of Newport Beach, California, actually comprising three modified or artificial islands in Newport Harbor…More



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In 1920, the first car was pushed across the bay (for 10 cents).
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Become a member of the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society and help preserve the heritage of Balboa Island.  Since the Museum’s founding, the support of the residents of Balboa Island and from surrounding communities, as well as other parts of the country, has been crucial to the growth and fulfillment of the Museum’s mission.  Click here to find out more about membership and donations

Museum News & Events

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Historic Home Tour

Sponsored by the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society, the Home Tour features eight historical houses. It will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 on Balboa Island. During this walking tour, participants will experience the charm and history of some very unique historic homes. Houses participating in the Home Tour...

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2015 Volunteer Social

The Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society held it's Annual Volunteer Social at the home of Shirley Pepys and hosted by Shirley, Museum President Ed Trainor and the BIMHS Board. All that attended were treated to hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and volunteer recognitions. A fun time was had by all.

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Taking a Look at a Charming Past

Newport Beach Magazine: Parting Thoughts, April 2015 - The Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society on Balboa Island opened the doors of its new location at 331 Marine Avenue in December 2011, and thanks in large part to the passion of Vice President and Creative Director Shirley Pepys, it preserves the island's 109-year history...