The Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC) is an 11-acre historic property in Ross, California, that is open to the public free of charge from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The Center is owned and operated by a nonprofit organization and supported by its community, including individuals, foundations, and businesses who make financial contributions and sponsor events and programs.
Our vision is to preserve and share our beautiful historic site, while enriching our community through exploration and discovery in the arts and the natural environment.
MAGC was founded in 1945 by leaders in the local conservation movement who wanted to save the property from development and foster a community engaged with the arts and gardens. Their vision included a variety of arts and garden groups, some of which still participate in the life of MAGC today. Our resident groups offer a variety of experiences for visitors, ranging from theater performances to antiques shopping, an historical archive and a playground for young children. All these contribute to the richness of the Marin Art & Garden Center’s engagement with the community.
With its gracious gardens, specimen trees, and water features, MAGC is a welcoming environment for visitors to enjoy and a destination for learning. Year-round programs are offered in the arts, gardens, and conservation, including exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and family programs. The Studio is our historic gallery building, renovated in 2016 to be the hub of these activities, with state of the art audio/visual equipment and a sparkling setting for visual arts displays.
Our popular Summer Concert Series is a chance to enjoy beautiful evenings on the Gazebo Lawn with delicious food from local caterers. Special events like our annual Harvest Dinner gather friends to celebrate the season and provide valued support for our programs.
School groups and summer day camps use the MAGC grounds for programs that immerse children in nature, cultivating an awareness and curiosity that will provide a foundation for lifelong engagement. MAGC also hosts The Garden School, a preschool with the gardens and grounds as a classroom.
MAGC is an ideal setting for special private events, including weddings and celebrations of life. Many local nonprofit groups and public agencies also use our facilities to host regular meetings and presentations.