California North Coast Museums include the Trees of Mystery, HSU Natural History Museum, Fort Humboldt, Ferndale Museum, Willow Creek Museum, Guest House Museum, Point Arena Lighthouse Museum, Cloverdale History Center, Schoolhouse Museum, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Children's Museum of Sonoma County and the Robert Luis Stevenson Silverado Museum. From Crescent City to Santa Rosa and Mendocino to Ukiah, discover an interesting museum on the North Coast.
Crescent City Museums
Del Norte County History Museum is located off Highway 101 from 6th Street. It's actually housed at two locations; the main museum at the corner of 6th and H Streets and the Battery Point Lighthouse at Battery and A Streets. Exhibits include a basket collection from native Tolowa and Yurok Indians, musical instruments, an old radio, phonograph & photograph equipment, needlework, logging & mining tools, clothing, furniture and more. The lighthouse includes access to the light tower and a glimpse into the daily lives of lighthouse keepers in the 1850's.
Del Norte County History Museum
577 H Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
Trees of Mystery is located south of Crescent City off Highway 101. Trees of Mystery features unusual and incredible formations of Coast California Redwood trees. Follow a short interpretive trail through the forest or take the Sky Trail gondola to the peak for astounding panoramic views from the lush redwood forest to the rugged Humboldt coastline. Trees of Mystery also includes a Native American Museum with the most extensive private collection of basketry in the world. View artifacts from the local Yurok, Karok and Tolowa tribes to the Zunis of the southwest and those from the mid-western planes. Also available is a Motel and café. Look for Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe.
Trees of Mystery
15500 Highway 101 North
Klamath, CA 95548
Trinidad Museum is located off Highway 101 from Main Street. Exhibits include paintings, drawings, photography, basketry & artifacts from local Yurok, Karuk, Wiyot, Hupa and Tolowa tribes and more. Topics include the many historic periods of Trinidad including the Gold Rush, logging and whaling.
400 Main Street
Trinidad, CA 95570
Blue Lake Museum is located east of Arcata off Highway 299. Situated in the historic 1897 Arcata & Mad River Train Depot building, It features artifacts devoted to railroading, logging and living in the Mad River Valley. Also on exhibit is a Native American basketry collection.
Blue Lake Museum
330 Railroad Avenue
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Arcata Architectural Homes Tour is located off Highway 101 in Arcata. Take a self-guided tour of historic homes throughout Arcata. Choose to walk or drive to see magnificent examples of Victorian, settlement, craftsman and transitional architecture on homes, churches and buildings. Use the online maps provided by the Historical Sites Society of Arcata or stop by the California Welcome Center in Arcata for a printed map.
Arcata Architectural Homes Tour
California Welcome Center
1635 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521
Blue Ox Millworks is located off Highway 101 from V or X Street. Blue Ox Millworks produces authentic architectural millwork for Victorian and historic homes throughout the country. They house the largest collection of human-powered tools. Join a guided tour or take a self-guided tour of the mill and see how windows, doors, Victorian gingerbreading, mouldings and more were made from the mid 1800's to the early 1900's. Historic buildings that contain woodworkings from Blue Ox Millworks include governor's mansions, national park visitor centers, saloons, cathedrals and historic homes. The grounds include an historic logging camp, blacksmith shop, ceramics studio, print shop, apothecary and boat works.
Blue Ox Millworks & Historic Park
One X Street
Eureka, CA 95501
HSU Natural History Museum is located off Highway 101 in downtown Arcata. It seeks to promote the understanding and appreciation of the dynamic natural world. See exhibits on the Redwood forest, plant evolution, prehistoric mammals, fossils, birds, insects, crabs and more. Learn where to find your own fossils and agates along the Northern California coast.
HSU Natural History Museum
1242 G Street
Arcata, CA 95521
The Clarke Museum is located off Highway 101 from E Street in Old Town Eureka. Situated in an historic 1912 bank building, exhibits include photography, quilts, textiles, Native American baskets, ceremonial regalia, lithic tools and much more.
The Clarke Historical Museum
3rd and E
Eureka, CA 95501
Redwood Discovery Museum is located off Highway 101 from F Street. Situated in the heart of Old Town Eureka, exhibits include a 20-foot tall ship, play grocery store, bicycle that creates electricity, golf ball raceway, optical illusion room and more.
Redwood Discovery Children's Museum
501 3rd Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Morris Graves Museum of Art is located off Highway 101 from F Street. Exhibits focus on the arts and artists of the Pacific Northwest with special emphasis on the works of Morris Graves. Art mediums include sculpture, pottery, paintings, prints, etchings and drawings.
Morris Graves Museum of Art
636 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park is located off Highway 101 from Highland Avenue. Situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay, Fort Humboldt was originally established in 1853 to resolve conflicts between gold-seekers, settlers and Native Americans. The park includes an original hospital building & history museum, logging museum, two locomotive trains and a steam donkey. Exhibits include historical documents and artifacts depicting life at the fort in the 1800's.
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
3431 Fort Avenue
Eureka, CA 95503
Samoa Cookhouse is located off Highway 101 from R Street. Situated on the peninsula in Arcata Bay, the Samoa Cookhouse is the last surviving historic cook house in the West. Originally constructed to serve meals to the lumberjacks of the Hammond Lumber Company Mill, it now contains the Samoa Cookhouse Restaurant and the Samoa Cookhouse Historic Logging Museum. It contains artifacts from the logging industry as well as from an old-time commercial kitchen.
Samoa Cookhouse Historic Logging Museum
Samoa, California 95564
Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum is located off Highway 101 from R Street. Situated on the peninsula in Arcata Bay, exhibits include artifacts, photographs, library archives and materials relating to the maritime history of California's North Coast. Join a narrated cruises with Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise aboard an historic 1910 vessel.
Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum
77 Cookhouse Road
Samoa, CA 95564
Ferndale Museum is located off Highway 101 from Main Street. Exhibits include equipment from the farming, logging and dairy industries, a turn-of-the-century barber shop, magneto switchboard, telephone toll board and over 6,000 photographs of the region. Photographs range from glass plates to electronic jpgs.
515 Shaw Avenue
Ferndale, CA 95536
Fortuna Depot Museum is located off Highway 101 from Main Street. It's situated in an historic 1893 train depot. It contains the history of the Eel River Valley with exhibits including railroad, farm, war and Native American memorabilia. Collections include fishing gear & lures, a doll collection, Indian basketry and historic documents.
Fortuna Depot Museum
3 Park Street
Fortuna, California 95540
Hoopa Valley Tribal Museum is located north of Willow Creek on Highway 96. Situated on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, it was created to preserve and share the rich culture and history of the native people of the area. Exhibits include the artifacts and artistry of created to preserve and share the rich culture and history of the native people of the area including collections from the Hupa, Yurok and Karuk tribes of Northern California. Indian basketry, ceremonial regalia, redwood dugout canoes and tools & implements are on display. Learn the history of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, Fort Gaston and see artifacts of the early settlers to the area.
Hoopa Valley Tribal Museum
1348 Highway 96
Hoopa, CA 95546
Scotia Museum is located off Highway 101 in the small town of Scotia. Situated along the Redwood Highway, it focuses on the logging history of the region with historic artifacts, photos, displays and an interactive display of forestry practices, then and now. Large machinery from the past including a railroad engine, steam donkey and other logging devices are on display outside.
122 Main Street
Scotia, CA 95565
Willow Creek Museum is located off Highway 299 approximately 40 miles east of Arcata. Situated deep in a National Forest, the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum preserves the history of eastern Humboldt County. See Indian artifacts from the local Hupa, Yurok, Karok, Chimariko and Wintu tribes. Tour the extensive Bigfoot exhibit that contains Bigfoot foot print casts, Bigfoot pictures, maps and more.
Willow Creek-China Flat Museum
38949 Highway 299
Willow Creek, CA 95573
International Sea Glass Museum is located off Highway in Fort Bragg. It houses the world's largest permanent sea glass exhibit. At the turn of the century, beaches were used as city dumps where broken glass was shaped and rounded over the decades into colorful beads. Many rare and unusual specimens are on display as well as jewelry made from these beads.
International Sea Glass Museum
17801 N. Highway 1
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Guest House Museum is located off Highway 1 in downtown Fort Bragg. It's an historic 1892 home that is currently the headquarters for the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Historical Society. It was once owned by the Fort Bragg Lumber Company and served as a VIP guest house for visitors to the mill. In addition to a wonderfully preserved home, the house features photographs, furniture and artifacts from a by-gone era when Fort Bragg and Mendocino were chief suppliers of lumber to much of the west coast.
Guest House Museum
343 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, Ca 95437
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is located approximately 4 miles north of Mendocino. The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse was built specifically in response to the increase in lumber shipments due to the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. It began operation in 1909 and today is a California State Historic Park. In addition to the lighthouse, several other structures remain including keeper's homes, coal buildings, a carpentry shop and the oil house. The Lightkeeper's Museum also houses a 350-gallon tidal aquarium. The keeper's house and cottages are available as vacation rentals. Lighthouse tours are available daily.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
45300 Lighthouse Road
Mendocino, CA 95460
Kelley House is located off Highway 1 from Main Street. It's situated in an historic 1861 ocean-view home and focuses on the rich history of the Mendocino Coast with collections of photographs, genealogical data, research documents, maps, books and more. The house contains 19th-century furnishings and grounds featuring an acre of gardens complete with a small fishing pond and resident geese. Join an historic walking tour of Mendocino that includes the Chinese Temple of Kwan Tai, old churches and film locations of East of Eden and Murder She Wrote.
Kelley House Museum
45007 Albion Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Ford House is located off Highway 1 from Main Street. It's situated on the Mendocino Headlands across Main Street from Mendocino Village. It is the official Visitor Information Center of Mendocino and documents its past from Pomo Indians to whale migrations. Exhibits include old photographs, tools and relics from the early lumber days, from the felling of the redwoods to the shipping of the lumber aboard doghole schooners. See a scale model of the town as it was in 1890.
Ford House Museum
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Point Arena Lighthouse is located off Highway 1 from Lighthouse Road. The lighthouse is one of the tallest on the west coast and you can climb the spiral staircase to the top. Highlights the life of lighthouse keepers and features the original Fresnel lens, a whale skull and maritime exhibits. Consider a stay in one of the original lighthouse keeper's homes at the Point Arena Lighthouse accommodations.
Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum
45500 Lighthouse Road
Point Arena, CA 95468
Mendocino County Museum is located off Highway 101 on Commercial Street. Situated in the heart of Willits, it preserves and documents the history of Mendocino County. Exhibits include war memorabilia, a 'hippie' van, stagecoaches, steam engines, Indian basketry, local art and more.
Mendocino County Museum
400 East Commercial Street
Willits, California 95490
Anderson Valley Historical Museum is located off Highway 128 west of Ukiah. Situated in an historic 1891 schoolhouse, it documents the history of the Anderson Valley with special emphasis on Boontling, a unique dialect spoken by the Anderson Valley residents at the turn of the century.
Anderson Valley Historical Museum
12340 Highway 128
Boonville, CA 95415
Grace Hudson Museum is located off Highway 101 between Perkins and Gobbi Streets. It's an art, history and anthropology museum focusing on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson. Exhibits include articles, textiles, paintings, photographs and manuscripts. Also on display are Pomo Indian artifacts including basketry. The Sun House is a 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow home that's a California Historical Landmark #926 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Grace Hudson Museum
431 South Main Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Cloverdale History Center is located off Highway 128 (Redwood Hwy) from Citrus Fair Drive. Situated in the heart of downtown Cloverdale in an unusual Gothic-revival Victorian home, it profiles the people, places and events that make up the history of the City of Cloverdale. Exhibits include the Gould-Shaw House, Pomo Indian artistry & artifacts, a mud wagon, cannonball safe and more.
Cloverdale History Center
215 N. Cloverdale Blvd
Cloverdale, CA 95425
Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum is located off Highway 29 on Morgan Valley Road. This historic 1877 schoolhouse houses a collection pioneer artifacts, Native American artifacts and a rock & mineral collection.
Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum
16435 Morgan Valley Road
Lower Lake, CA 95457
Fort Ross State Historic Park is located off Highway 1 on the Sonoma Coast. Residing on the bluffs above a picturesque cove, Fort Ross was a Russian settlement from 1812 to 1841. This was the southernmost settlement of Russian colonies in North America. Originally established as an agricultural base to supply its other colonies, it was the site of California's first windmills and shipbuilding. Several existing and reconstructed structures serve to depict life at the fort in the early 1800's.
Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Coast Highway One
Jenner, CA 95450
Pacific Coast Air Museum is located off Highway 101 from Airport Boulevard. Situated at the Sonoma County Airport, it features dozens of planes and aeronautical history. Planes include everything from bi-planes to warbirds, helicopters and spy planes. Once a year the Sonoma County Airport hosts the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show.
Pacific Coast Air Museum
2330 Becker Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Charles M. Schulz Museum is located off Highway 101 from Steele Lane. It celebrates the works of artist and PEANUTS cartoon creator, Charles Schulz. Exhibits include an extensive collection of Peanuts cartoon strips, Charles Schulz personal artifacts, licensed PEANUTS products, multimedia, photographs and more. Charles Schulz was a lifetime resident of Santa Rosa.
NOTE:Snoopy's Home Ice is a beautiful ice skating arena located right next door and was once owned by Charles Schulz.
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is located off Highway 101 from 3rd Street. Situated in Downtown Santa Rosa, this was the home of Luther Burbank, a world-renowned horticulturist whose birthday is celebrated every year as Arbor Day. Luther Burbank created over 800 new species of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and ornamental flowers during his lifetime. The grounds include a museum, carriage house and gardens. It features displays on hybridizing of plants and artifacts relating to a visit by to the house by Edison, Ford and Firestone in 1915.
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
204 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Sonoma County Museum is located off Highway 101 between College Avenue and 3rd Street. It holds a collection of over 22,000 artworks and historic objects featuring exhibits of drawings, paintings, photographs, metal works, woodcarvings, textiles and more.
Sonoma County Museum
425 7th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Children's Museum of Sonoma County is located west of Highway 101 on Steele Lane. It features permanent and mobile exhibits that inspire children with playful exploration of the arts and sciences. Exhibits include Gravity Rods, Musical Nails, Bubble Table, Wind Tube, Geoboard and more.
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
1835 W. Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Rare Rock Mosaic Art Museum is located west of Highway 101 from Guerneville Road. It features works of art that are created entirely of rocks found in quarries, mines, deserts and mountains from around the world. All rocks are natural and give dimension to the mosaic pieces.
Rare Rock Mosaic Art Museum
3094 Coffey Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Healdsburg Museum is located off Highway 101 in downtown Healdsburg. It collects, protects, preserves and interprets the artifacts, documents and photographs of the rich history of Healdsburg and surrounding area. Exhibits include Pomo & Wappo Indian artifacts, textiles, paintings, photographs, tools, armament and more.
221 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
The Hand Fan Museum is located off Highway 101 in downtown Healdsburg. It's the first of its kind in the United States dedicated solely to hand fans. The museum exhibits include hand fans from around the world and different eras including France, Japan, China and the Victorian era.
The Hand Fan Museum
327A Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Sharpsteen Museum is located off Highway 29 in downtown Calistoga. It features historic documents and artifacts focusing on the upper Napa Valley region from WWI to present day. Exhibits include antique silverware, model ships, musical instruments and more. The museum also includes early Disney® memorabilia including an Oscar for animation that once belonged to an early animator for Walt Disney Studios®.
1311 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is located off Highway 29 in downtown St. Helena. Situated in the St. Helena Public Library Center, it features books, documents and artifacts related to the world-renowned author, Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1880, Stevenson spent honeymoon at the Silverado Mine on Mount St. Helena. Robert Louis Stevenson's most notable work was a story about pirates and hidden treasure named Treasure Island.
Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum
1490 Library Lane
Saint Helena, CA 94574