List of museums in the North Coast (California)

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The North Coast of California is located on the Pacific coast in between the San Francisco Bay and the Oregon border and includes Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino counties.

This list of North Coast, California museums, defined for this context as institutions (in nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing can include non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City County Type Summary
Anderson Marsh State Historic Park Lower Lake Lake Historic house Contains Ranch House, an example of early California living
Anderson Valley Historical Society Museum Boonville Mendocino Local history website
Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center Arcata Humboldt Natural history Exhibits about the natural history and importance of the marsh and the operations of the waste water treatment plant
Battery Point Light Battery Point Lighthouse.JPG Crescent City Del Norte Lighthouse Lighthouse and museum
Blue Lake Museum Blue Lake Humboldt Local history Photos and artifacts of Blue Lake pioneers, local Indian, logging and railroad history
Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park Eureka CA Blue Ox Millworks Museum.jpg Eureka Humboldt Local history website, historic park with working craftsmen's areas and a current-day mill and woodworking operation
Clarke Historical Museum Clarke Historical Museum.JPG Eureka Humboldt Local history Formerly the Clarke Memorial Museum, history of Humboldt County with emphasis on the late 19th century, includes furniture, glassware, clothing and Native American wing
Del Norte County Historical Society Museum Crescent City Del Norte Local history website, includes Native American baskets, Tolowa and Yurok artifacts, musical instruments, old radio, phonographic and photographic equipment, needlework, logging and mining tools and equipment, fashions and furniture
Discovery Museum of Eureka Eureka CA Discovery Museum.jpg Eureka Humboldt Children's non-profit children's museum website
Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum Kelseyville Lake Local history website, operated by the Lake County Historical Society
Fern Cottage Ferndale Humboldt Historic house website, 19th-century cottage house
Ferndale Museum Ferndale CA Ferndale Museum Mural.jpg Ferndale Humboldt Local history Period rooms, antiques, dollhouses, switchboard, telephones, farm equipment and oldest working Bosch-Omori seismograph, research collections include family histories, photographs and books
First Street Gallery Janssen Building, Eureka CA 2010.jpg Eureka Humboldt Art Operated by Humboldt State University
Ford House Museum Ford house, Mendocino, California.jpg Mendocino Mendocino Local history Visitor and interpretive center for Mendocino Headlands State Park
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park Fort Humboldt House.JPG Eureka Humboldt Fort History of the mid 19th century fort, interactions between European Americans and Native Americans, logging equipment and local narrow gauge railroad history of the region
Fortuna Depot Museum Fortuna CA Depot Museum Building.jpg Fortuna Humboldt Local history website, history of the Eel River Valley, includes memorabilia from railroad, farm and war eras, including large locks, spark plugs, and barbed wire displays, a doll collection and many types of fishing gear and lures
Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House SunHouseDoor.jpg Ukiah Mendocino Multiple Art, history, and anthropology museum focusing on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865–1937) and her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857–1936)
Guest House Museum Fort Bragg CA Guest House Museum.jpg Fort Bragg Mendocino Local history website, operated by the Fort Bragg – Mendocino Coast Historical Society
Hoopa Tribal Museum Hoopa Humboldt Native American
HSU Art Galleries Arcata Humboldt Art website, includes the Reese Bullen Gallery in the Humboldt State University Art Building, the Native American Arts Gallery in the Behavioral & Social Science Building and the First Street Gallery
Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum.jpg Samoa Humboldt Maritime Madaket historic ship, displays[1]
Humboldt State University Natural History Museum Natural History Museum HSU Arcata CA.jpg Arcata Humboldt Natural history Exhibits include the redwood forest, plant evolution, area fossils, seashells, insects, marine life
Kelley House Museum Kelley house, Mendocino, California.jpg Mendocino Mendocino Historic house website, interprets Mendocino's logging and shipping industries
Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum Lakeport Lake Local history County history, Pomo basket and artifacts collection, gems and minerals, Victorian parlor, hunting and camping, courthouse history
Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum Lower Lake Lake Local history Includes local pioneer and Native American artifacts, rocks and minerals
Mendocino County Museum Willits Mendocino Local history website
Morris Graves Museum of Art Morris Graves Museum - Carnegie Library Building.jpg Eureka Humboldt Art Arts and artists of the Pacific Northwest, particularly Morris Graves
Phillips House Museum Arcata CA Philips House Museum.jpg Arcata Humboldt Historic house website, operated by the Historical Sites Society of Arcata, shows the daily life an Arcata resident between 1854 and 1932
Point Cabrillo Light Point Cabrillo Light Station.jpg Ukiah Mendocino Maritime Lighthouse open for tours
Samoa Cookhouse Museum Samoa Cookhouse Samoa CA.jpg Eureka Humboldt Industry website, area logging activities, part of the Samoa Cookhouse historic restaurant
Scotia Logging Museum Scotia Museum.jpg Scotia Humboldt Industry website, museum about the logging company town owned by Pacific Lumber Company
Sea Glass Museum Fort Bragg Mendocino Local History website, history of Fort Bragg's sea glass beaches, sea glass displays and photos, privately owned
Stone House Museum Hidden Valley Lake Lake Historic house Mid-19th century house, oldest building in the county, operated by the Stone House Historical Society[2]
Stone Lagoon Schoolhouse Museum Roosevelt Elk at Schoolhouse.jpg Trinidad Humboldt Local history Operated by the Society for California Archaeology, exhibits of Native American artifacts, local history[3]
Trees of Mystery Paul Bunyan and Babe Klamath California.jpg Klamath Del Norte Native American Roadside attraction that includes the End of the Trail Museum, which features Native American art, crafts and tools
Triangle Tattoo & Museum Fort Bragg Mendocino Art website, display of tattoo artifacts from around the world
Trinidad Museum Trinidad Humboldt Local history website
Willow Creek – China Flat Museum Willow Creek Humboldt Local history website, local and Native American history, special Bigfoot collection
Wooden Sculpture Garden of Romano Gabriel Eureka Humboldt Art website, folk art sculpture garden, operated by the Eureka Heritage Society

Defunct museums[edit]

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  1. ^ Bullwinkel, Mary (December 12, 2012). "Southern Humboldt wine event raises money for Humboldt County Historical Society". Humboldt Beacon. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "Historic Stone House". Stone House Historical Society. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "Humboldt". Society for California Archaeology. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Smith River, California: Ship Ashore – Little Museum (Closed)". Roadside America. Retrieved January 15, 2016.