4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902  *  phone: 619-267-5141  * follow us on Facebook  &  Instagram

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

Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

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"

World premiere exhibition about

Maestro Jahja Ling
​(and Bonita resident)
September 1st thru 30th, 2018

Family Day at the Museum -Join us for a walk-through of the exhibition with Maestro Ling on Saturday, September 8th at 11am.

Sept. 1st Gala Attire: Business Casual

​(this event is Sold Out)


Bach Level -$5,000
Sam & Lyndie Ersan / Spectrum Security Services

Mozart - $1,000
Roy and Nimpa Akana

John and Stephanie Garcia

Jon and Suzanne Miller
Dave and Phyllis Snyder

The Vail Memorial Fund, In memory of  Carleton and Andree Vail of Rancho Santa Fe

Scott and Barbara Scott

Chopin - $500

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

Bud and Sandra Wilson

Kapustin - $250             
Bruce and Leslie Branman-Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Subarich, In Memory of Subarich and Carambas Family

Alan and Fran Cornell
Coldwell Banker West Foundation

​​Julia Bauer

Wine Sponsors
Bill and Yvonne Snyder
Scott Tanner

Piano Sponsor
Reece Akana

 Jahja Ling Hand Sculpture by Carol Webb
Commissioned by
Scott and Barbara Scott

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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.

Currently on display:

Bonitafest Memorabilia

Celebrating 1973 - 2018 

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)

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.

Join us for an original
exhibition in the museum highlighting the life of Maestro Ling.  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 exhibition sponsorship opportunities please contact the BMCC at 619.267.5141.

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

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