The Mendocino County Museum collects, conserves and celebrates the stories, artifacts, archives and lives of the people and places of Mendocino County. Stop by for current exhibits, and enduring favorites: a “hippie” van, stagecoaches, a recreated creamery, Pomo baskets, relics from the ill-fated clipper ship the “Frolic,” Seabiscuit’s friends, and a great Museum Shop. Next door is Roots of Motive Power and its collection of steam-powered trains and machines. Recent temporary exhibits have included vintage toys and veterans’ histories.
The Mendocino County Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free on the first Wednesday of each month.