Last updated: 11/25/2017
Burlingame, California
Street Address
1777 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
Mailing Address
1777 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
phone: 650-692-2101
Wednesday - Saturday11 AM - 5 PM

Admission is always free.

Admission and parking are free.

Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Ruth Waters, Founder & Executive Director
phone: 650-692-2133
Beth Beisecker, Chair of Fundraising & Chair of Special Events
Christina Chahal, Director of Communications
Robert Mahlstede, Bookkeeper
Ellen Chong, Director of Education
Nancee Mcdonnell, Gift Shop Manager
Cynthia Stern, Docent Scheduling
Jeff Cleary, Librarian

Fine Art Museum; rotating exhibitions of 2D and 3D art by extraordinary artists of San Francisco's Greater Bay Area. Includes art reference library (2000+ books) and 30 studios for a diverse group of professional artists.

Museum Studios provides a limited number of studios to adult visual artists without restrictions as to city of residence, although residents of San Mateo County will be considered more likely to make good use of studios. Studios are working studios and must be used primarily for the creation and promotion of the work of the tenant artist. Studio artists may also use their studios to provide art classes to the community.


The Peninsula Museum of Art enhances our region and enriches lives through art and education. The inclusion of artists' studios as a department of the Museum is a deliberate effort to bridge the gap between the creative community of professional-level artists and the community at large.


Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit art museum in 2004, PMA left its starter home in 2012 and opened in its present location in 2013, having expanded the Museum to include 5 exhibition galleries, the library, and 30 working studios (artists are juried for studio space, with criteria including originality, quality of execution, and diversity of mediums, culture, and ethnicity.

Artifact Collections

Art received by the Museum is categorized as Donated Property. The Museum is in the process of determining which items will be formally accessioned into a Permanent Collection.

Research Collections

Not exactly - but we have several "collections" of artworks by significant artists that we hope to develop into traveling exhibitions (but first we have to solve the funding problem).

Educational Programs

We have two educational programs: Leonardo's Studio, weekly classes on the theme of fusing art and science; and monthly Family Fun Days, both offered for children ages 5 - 12.

In addition, most of the artists featured in solo exhibitions are invited to present their work and interact with the public in a Sunday Special program.

Sample of Art Classes at the Museum Studios. Please check our website for specific dates and times.

  • Classic Drawing, Pastels, Watercolor and Painting
  • Hat-making Workshops
  • How to Paint Art Furniture
  • Oil Painting for Adults, Individual Private Lessons
  • Paper Decoupage - 3-Dimensional Photography
  • Sculpture in Hardwood
  • Sculpture in Stone
  • Weaving with Metal

19,000 s.f. on two floors; two sets of ADA restrooms; easy access from freeways (101 & 280) and 3 blocks from Millbrae CalTrain / BART station.

Museum Studios

Peninsula Art Institute (PAI) was founded in December, 2012, and the name changed to Museum Studios in 2015. Museum Studios is home to more than 30 visual artists and is located on the San Francisco Peninsula.


Board of Directors (currently 5 members).


The Reference Library

Our new Art Library / Meeting Room has grown to more than 1,400 books on all aspects of the visual arts - books that visitors are welcome to enjoy (but not check out, sorry).

Dozens of instructional art books and booklets covering many mediums and techniques can be found on the Classroom bookshelves.

The Reference Library is open during Museum hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: No


Social media: Facebook, Instagram.

Organization Publications:

  • Newsletters: Spring and Fall
  • Exhibition announcements: 8 times a year
  • Monthly email newsletters
  • ADA

    Art Access program

    Our present quarters were (expensively) remodeled to meet ADA requirements, and our Art Access program promotes docent-led tours from assisted-living facilities and groups of the elderly and/or disabled.

    PMA especially encourages elderly and mobility-challenged residents of the Greater Bay Area to set up a planned visit. Our Art Access docent-led tours are available during hours that the Museum is closed to the general public (Mondays and Tuesdays), in order to provide a less-crowded environment facilitating ease of movement and quiet contemplation.

    Wheelchair Accessible




    Local Art for your collection!!

    The Museum Gift Shop offers works of art by local artists. Specializing in ceramics, jewelry, artist books and other fine art objects, our gift shop is an ideal venue for purchasing unique items with artistic appeal. AND you can shop online!

    The Library is also available for formal and informal meetings, and can be reserved with the Reception Desk docent.


    Peninsula Museum of Art invites the public to visit the Museum for tours of the five exhibition galleries and 30 working studios. Regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 to 5. Admission to the Museum is always free.

    Tours for small groups may be arranged at other times by making a reservation for a docent ( Custom tours that include a short, hands-on art project for up to 15 children or adults can also be arranged. For a field trip of this nature, contact our Education Department at We are happy to tailor a museum experience to your needs.

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours

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