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The Museum is Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm, or by appointment.

Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

On September 1, 2018, the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (BMCC) will host a special fundraising dinner gala to introduce an exhibit showcasing the life and career of Maestro Jahja Ling, San Diego’s preeminent orchestra conductor laureate and Bonita, CA resident. The dinner gala celebration will be held at the San Diego Country Club.

For thirteen years, Jahja Ling was the music director and conductor for the San Diego Symphony. During his celebrated career, he performed for England’s Queen Elizabeth II and collaborated with Whitney Houston, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, and others.

Jahja Ling fell in love with the peaceful community in Bonita, CA. At his home, he enjoys watching the sunsets in his backyard.  He says, “Every evening brings a different sunset to enjoy”. When he is not conducting, he enjoys bicycle rides with his beautiful wife or listening to Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Ariana Grande with his teenage girls.

Ling was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and began to play the piano at age 4. At age 17 he received a Rockefeller award scholarship and went to study at The Juilliard School in New York City. At Juilliard he earned a master's degree. Ling then went to study orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music and received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is the first and only conductor of Chinese descent to serve as music director of a major U.S. orchestra.

For sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets to the dinner gala, please contact the BMCC at 619.267.5141.

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More about Exhibitions

The Museum is proud to partner with local schools, homeschool groups, civic organizations, colleges, and businesses to support our community.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Thank You to Sponsors:

Doug Peterson  at Bonita Locksmith

Since 1991

call 619-252-1340, hours: 10-3pm

"Voted Nicest Locksmith in San Diego by the
Bonita Museum Staff"

Currently on display:

Welcome to the Iron Age: When the iron dominated cotton fabrics.
Take a closer look at the changing designs of personal hand irons.

The Plane Truth: Everything you wanted to know about keeping things on the level.
Wood planes

Art Exhibitions 

​Opening Reception:
Friday, June 29th 2018

Friends That Paint En Plein Air

April 23 - August 18th
"Wet Gallery" sale of Bonita Plein air
starting on June 28th


High School Photo Competition
Sweetwater Authority

Reception: Friday, May 11
5:30 - 8:00PM (free and open to the public)

Join us Saturday, September 1st for an

evening and dinner Gala with Maestro Jahja Ling

The Gala event runs concurrent with the premiere exhibition about Mr. Ling and his life in San Diego
​(September 1st thru 30th, 2018)

Proceeds from the event benefit programming at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center


Bach Level 
Sam & Lyndie Ersan / Spectrum Security Services

Roy and Nimpa Akana

John and Stephanie Garcia

Jon and Suzanne Miller
Dave and Phyllis Snyder

John and Barbara Brown


Dan & Edna Concepcion / Heritage Investments & Retirement Planning, Inc.

Bruce and Leslie Branman-Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Subarich  "In Memory of Subarich and Carambas Family"

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Mission of the Museum:

The Bonita Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, for public education and enjoyment, the culture, history, arts, crafts, and aesthetic facets of the region, specifically El Rancho de la Nacion in South San Diego County.