The Benicia Historical Museum shares the
story of Benicia's place in the history and development of our country.
The job of collecting artifacts began in 1975 and the items were stored
in several locations until the Arsenal site became available. The
Benicia City Council dedicated the Camel Barn complex on December 7th,
1982. The Museum was formally dedicated on May 19th, 1985 and has been
open continuously since that time.
Camel Barns Complex, comes from Benicia's contribution to US Military
history. In the 1850's and 1860's, the US Army experimented using
camels, imported from the Mideast, as pack animals. After the advent of
the Civil War the experiment was abandoned. The remaining camels were
shipped to the Benicia Arsenal where they were auctioned to the public.
You can read more about this brief period of history that gave the
area its name in our section on Benicia & Arsenal History.
The complex consists on four buildings numbered Bldg. #7, Bldg. #8,
Bldg. #9 and Bldg. #10