Wisteria Regale – “Mysteria Regale – The Last Gala”

Join us on Saturday, March 23 for Friends of Banning Museum’s annual scholarship presentation and largest fundraiser of the year. Set in the Roarin’ Twenties, this year’s event will be unlike any other. Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening of suspense and intrigue as active participants in the murder mystery of the The Last Gala. With Cole... Read More

Phineas Banning as Advertised

Please join Friends of Banning Museum for a special lecture by Museum Director, Michael Sanborn on Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 am in the historic carriage barn. Phineas Banning was a “Financial Wizard of the Old West.” Banning used various forms of media from the 1800s to promote his vast business ventures. Join us and... Read More

Wisteria Regale

“Victorian Masquerade Gala” Join us for an evening of fun and mystery at Friends of Banning Museum’s largest fundraiser of the year, Wisteria Regale – “Victorian Masquerade Gala” on Saturday, March 28 from 5 pm – 9 pm. The event will once again be held at the beautiful Banning Museum. Event guests will be formally greeted at... Read More

Wisteria Regale – “Hollywood’s Golden Age”

Please join us for Friends of Banning Museum’s annual fundraiser, Wisteria Regale, set in Hollywood’s Golden Age. You will enjoy an elegant sit down dinner, hosted bar, live entertainment provided by the Fabulous Esquires Big Band, a professional dance show and a silent auction. The annual Wisteria Regale Scholarships provided by California Sulphur, Inc. will be presented to... Read More

Wisteria Regale – “Mystery at the Banning Mansion”

IN CELEBRATION OF THE WISTERIA REGALE returning to the Banning Mansion, join us in playing the classic detective game, CLUE, with a Banning twist. In addition to solving the “Mystery at the Banning Mansion” you will also enjoy an elegant dinner, hosted bar, live music and a silent auction. The annual Wisteria Regale Scholarships provided... Read More

Fashioning the Fan Exhibit

FASHIONING THE FAN – Harlyne and Kenneth T. Norris Visitor Center August 11, 2018 – January 27, 2019 The Victorian Era ushered in some of the World’s grandest national and international Exhibitions. These Exhibitions were held in major cities all over the world. They were meeting places for countries and people to display new ideas... Read More

“Shipwrecks of the California Coast” lecture by author Michael White

Saturday, January 12, 2019 11:00 am Banning Stagecoach Barn Please join us as we kick off our 2019 Keeping History Alive Lecture Series with a special presentation given by Mr. Michael D. White, a vocational maritime historian and researcher. Mr. White will be sharing anecdotes and images from his 2014 book, “Shipwrecks of the California... Read More

Educational Program Reservations

We are proud to again offer these Educational Programs for the 2019-2020 school year: Living History School Program (4th Grade) Banning Heritage Week (4th Grade) Evolution of a Town (3rd Grade) Please CLICK HERE to learn about our programs. We will begin accepting  Banning Reservation Forms on May 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Limited Bus Grants are now available as... Read More

“California Confederates: The Curious Tale of the Schooner J. M. Chapman and the Knights of the Golden Circle”

Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:00 am Banning Stagecoach Barn In 1863, a group of California secessionists conspire to outfit a small schooner as a privateer, steal gold and silver shipments bound for the Union, and revitalize the increasingly cash-starved Confederacy. Join us for this fascinating lecture by Michael D. White, a vocational maritime and Civil... Read More

Iron Highway That Unified Our Country

Please join us as we recognize the 150th Anniversary of the “Golden Spike” at Promontory Point, Utah and learn how the Transcontinental Railroad transformed Los Angeles and our Nation. The lecture will be presented by lifelong railroad enthusiast, Jay Kelly with a question and answer session immediately following. Admission is free for Friends of Banning... Read More

Alchemy and Art: An Exploration into Wet Plate Photography

Keeping History Alive Lecture Series presented by Friends of Banning Museum Historic Barn – 10:00 am Learning wet plate photography can seem like an incredible hurdle. The equipment is expensive, the chemicals are illusive, and the process can feel as much like alchemical magic as it does technology. In this lecture, Matthew Schnittker will reveal how... Read More