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Coming Soon: November 9 - March 15

Natural Expressions: Art Inspired by Mendocino Countythumbnail of Natural Expressions

**The Exhibit opening has been delayed by one week due to the Public Safety Power Shutoff. The new exhibit opening is now November 9, 2019. 

From the Mendocino County Museum’s permanent collection, Natural Expressions: Art Inspired by Mendocino County exhibit features arts and crafts showcasing the beauty and diversity of Mendocino County’s landscapes and resources. The mixed media exhibit includes paintings, fiber art, and various crafts made from Mendocino County’s rich natural resources such as mushrooms, driftwood, shells, redwood, and leather.

Works from beloved Mendocino County artists such as Lorenzo Latimer, Grace Hudson, and Mark Walker will be on display. In addition, nature inspired weaving, quilting, woodworking, and leather working will be exhibited.

To celebrate the new exhibit opening, the Museum will offer FREE admission on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Visitors will be invited to participate in a FREE nature inspired art craft from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Showing: June 29 - October 20

Frontier Days: A Collector's Journey

New Acquisitions from Dusty Whitney

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You are invited to join us for the exhibit opening reception of Frontier Days: A Collector’s Journey on June 29, 2019 at 2 p.m. Frontier Days: A Collector’s Journey exhibit features history, artifacts, images, and memorabilia pertaining to the Frontier Days Rodeo, Sweetheart Contestants, the Willits 4th of July Parade, and more.

This new exhibit expands upon Mendocino County: A Collector’s Journey which debuted on April 6, 2019. Both exhibits explore the journey of a 5th generation Mendocino County resident and collector, Dusty Whitney, who acquired a fascinating historical collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to Mendocino County’s peoples, communities, and industries over the past decades. Learn more about Dusty Whitney’s generous donation of historic photographs and artifacts to the Museum, and view rarely seen treasures pertaining to Mendocino County, and the celebration of Frontier Days, a Willits community tradition that has been ongoing since 1926—the longest continually held rodeo in California.

The exhibit opening on June 29th is FREE to the public and includes the following: a ribbon cutting ceremony with donor, Dusty Whitney, a reception with refreshments, Frontier Days themed crafts, a stunt photo booth opportunity, and more! 


Mendocino County: A Collector's Journey

New Acquisitions from Dusty Whitney

Mendocino County Museum opened Mendocino County a Collector’s Journey: New Acquisitions from Dusty Whitney on Saturday, April 6, 2019. This new exhibit located in the Museum’s main gallery, showcases items from the newly acquired Dusty Whitney Collection. View rarely seen artifacts, historic photos, Dr. Raymond Babcock’s WWI uniform, Skunk Train memorabilia, and items pertaining to beloved traditions of Mendocino County such as Fort Bragg’s Paul Bunyan Days, Willits’ Frontier Days, and more!

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Showing April 6 - May 26

Over Here Americans at Home in World War I

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On April 6, 2019, the Mendocino County Museum will open a new special exhibition from the National ArchivesOver Here: Americans at Home in World War I. Because World War I was “total war,” the American home front was especially important to victory. Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I draws on the unparalleled holdings of the National Archives to capture the patriotic fervor of draft registration, the emotional good-byes of men leaving for training camps, the “ hoopla”  of Liberty Loan drives, the craze for volunteerism, and the violence of vigilantism. This exhibit runs through May 26, 2019. 

Over Here is divided into three themes:

  • Mobilizing the Nation – Modern warfare demanded not just soldiers on the front lines, pilots in the sky, and sailors on the high seas but guns, ships, and crops from America’s factories, shipyards, and fields.
  • Stirring Patriotic Passions – In a war that was often described as a “crusade,” emotion, pageantry, and performance were weapons. Along with the Federal Government, local, state, and national organizations produced a variety of events that aimed at stirring feelings of patriotic obligation among Americans and encouraging sacrifice, volunteerism, and national service.
  • Policing Enemies at Home – Nearly all home front photographs encouraged national unity and saluted patriotic work, but a much smaller number hint at some of the anti-German hysteria, political unrest, and social conflict that lurked behind the patriotic fervor of bond drives, pageants, and parades. They show government as well as private groups and vigilantes striking out against those suspected of disloyalty.

Click Here to Download Our WWI Exhibit Programming Flier