Built on reclaimed marshland near Novato, Hamilton Field is a California History Museum providing an intriguing glimpse into California’s airfield history.
Construction on the building began in 1932 during the Great Depression and was named after World War I flying ace Lloyd Hamilton who was killed in action in France. It operated as an Air force base from 1935 to 1974, first as an Army Air Corps field and later as a station for the U.S. Air Force
The building combines several architectural styles, including Spanish and renaissance. Inside are hundreds of artifacts from the base’s heyday, including photos, uniforms, pins, medals and a cockpit simulator. There is also a library and research center full of books, videos and posters.
Lovingly created by enthusiast volunteers, Hamilton Field History Museum still actively seeks new items from the public to place on display.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 12pm-4pm, or by appointment.
Closed on Holidays
Admission is FREE