Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

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Exterior view of Headquarters Building 500.

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA) is located in Novato, California, US. The 1,700 square feet (160 m2) museum is housed within Marin County's Novato Art Center in Building 500, once the Headquarters of the now defunct Hamilton Air Force Base.[1] The architectural style, resembling a California mission,[2] was in keeping with the airfield's Spanish Eclectic style with features such as reinforced concrete, stucco exteriors, hollow tile, and Mission tile roofs.[3] The front facade is fashioned of Spanish Churrigueresque concrete castings. The interior includes concrete beams painted to resemble wood.[4] It offers two galleries,[5] rotating exhibits, classes and a National Juried Exhibition.[6][7]


  1. ^ Novato Historical Guild; Vela, Ron (7 October 2009). Novato. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 61–. ISBN 978-0-7385-7194-2. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Chappell, Gordon. "Historic Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields: Hamilton Air Force Base (Air Corps Station, San Rafael; Hamilton Field, Hamilton Army Air Field)". California State Military Department - The California State Military Museum. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hamilton Army Air Field Discontiguous Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Todd, Gail (November 26, 2009). "Hamilton Field, Novato: Old base has new appeal". SFGate. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field". Novato Arts Center. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Bensen, Nick (June 21, 2012). "Things to do and see in Marin County, June 21 through 28, 2012". ;;Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Summer National Juried Exhibition". Marin Magazine. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 

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