Belmont History

Ralston Mansion Historical Landmark
Notre Dame de Namur University

1500 Ralston Avenue, (650) 508-3501

This ornate, 80 room mansion was built in the 1860s by William Ralston, founder of the Bank of California. One of the Peninsula’s grandest palaces, the restored mansion features a hall of mirrors, a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers, a ballroom and an impressive collection of 19th Century antiques. Docent-led tours are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00AM-3:00PM by appointment. The Mansion and Ralston Lawn are available for Social and Wedding Celebrations or corporate gathering and events. Capacity is 10-200 guests. Please call for details and rental fees.

Belmont Historical Society Museum

Twin Pines Park
1219 Ralston Avenue, (650) 591-4270

Located at the Twin Pines Art Center, the Belmont Historical Society Museum highlights the history of Belmont. Its one-room gallery exhibits a permanent exhibit of 19th Century pioneer memorabilia and Native American artifacts. Changing exhibits of photographs are also featured. Open the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00AM-4:00PM.

1870 Gallery and Studios

1870 Ralston Avenue (east of Alameda de Las Pulgas)

This artists’ cooperative is home to more than 25 artists working in a variety of media. The gallery exhibits work of resident artists and artists from around the world. Visitors can schedule a guided tour of the studios by appointment, or drop in Thursday through Sunday between 1:00-5:00PM. The gallery also offers lectures, demonstrations, seminars, workshops and classes for all ages, year-round.

Twin Pines Art Center

10 Twin Pines Lane, (650) 591-2101

The Art Center houses the Belmont Arts Council Art Gallery, the Peninsula Art Museum Art Gallery and Library, the San Mateo Arts Commission and 12 working artist studios.

The Center is open to the public

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 12:00-4:00PM
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00-4:00PM

Old Belmont