View the history and culture of the region in the museum’s History Gallery.  This is a self guided tour highlighting what makes Bonita special, including information about the Kumeyaay village sites and animals along the Sweetwater River.  Learn about urban legends such as the Proctor Valley Monster and the “Glarf” dinosaurs.  Explore Alta California, Spain and Mexico through brands and the people who lived in this area. Learn about local agriculture and architecture, including the Bonnie Brae Lemons and the Sweetwater Dam. Meet modern-day local celebrities such as Maestro Jahja Ling and wildlife conservationist Joan Embery.

Opening Hours

10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (limited entry during covid-19)


The museum is donation-based. You can pay as much, or as little, as you choose.  Many guests “give forward” admission, because if you choose to make a donation, it helps pay for someone else’s visit in the future.


We are located in South Bay San Diego County in the heart of Bonita, immediately adjacent to the Bonita-Sunnyside Library. For directions to the museum, enter your starting address below (add Google maps plug-in, with Bonita museum set as destination).


The entrance is ADA-accessible. All levels of the building are accessible including exhibition spaces, research archives, and administrative offices. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

There are accessible parking spaces in the lot in front of the museum.

Service dogs are welcome. Service dogs must be on a non-retractable physical leash that is less than six feet in length. Each visitor may only have one service dog. The U.S. Department of Justice requires that service dogs be trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability. Visitors are not allowed to bring emotional support animals into the museum.