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Benicia Capitol State Historic Park

November 16, 2018: All Bay Area California State Parks are OPEN currently but our concern is with our visitors and employees' health. California State Parks is advising visitors to minimize or refrain from active outdoor recreation due to the unhealthy air quality.  Scheduled interpretive programs, special events or other park concessions may be closed or cancelled. Our thoughts and hearts are with the communities affected by fires throughout the state. Up-to-date information on air quality and guidance to limit exposure is available at


Phone Number

(707) 745-3385

Park Hours

Open Thursday Noon - 4pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Closed Monday - Wednesday
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

Driving Directions to Benicia Capitol SHP

The historic park is located at 115 West G Street in Benicia, not far from Vallejo.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Benicia Capitol State Historic Park is the site of California’s third seat of government (1853-54). It is the only pre-Sacramento Capitol that survives.

The original building has been restored with reconstructed period furnishings and exhibits. The interior includes a board-for-board reconstruction of the building’s original floor with ponderosa pine. The desks, three of which are originals from the Benicia period or earlier, are furnished with a candlestick, a 19th century newspaper, a quill pen and a top hat.

Located next door to the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park is the Fischer-Hanlon House. This house had once been part of a fire-damaged, gold-rush-era hotel. Joseph Fischer, a prominent businessman in Benicia, purchased a salvageable portion of the hotel and moved it to its current location at 135 West G Street. The hotel was converted to a home for Fischer's family sometime after 1858. In 1968 the family deeded the house with its original artifacts and furnishings to California State Parks. Presently, the house interprets the lives of its upper middle-class family residents from the mid -1800's through 1968.

Contact the park for school visit fee waivers, school visit reservations or programs, guided tour requests or group visit reservations.


Benicia State Historic Park
115 West G Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Fischer Hanlon House
135 West G Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Benicia Capitol State Historic Park

Historical/Cultural Site
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available