Current and Upcoming Rotating Exhibits

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New Acquisition Highlight:  "Burning Bridge"New Acquisiton Highlight Image

February 13 - March 31

The Mendocino County Museum is showcasing our new acquisition: a painted print, "Burning Ridge" by Jaye Allison Moscariello. The work will be on display in the Museum foyer from February 13, 2020 through March 31, 2020. This piece is a special gift as it broadens our local art collection and documents a significant event in Mendocino County History.

Natural Expressions: Art Inspired by Mendocino County

November 9 - March 15

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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.

2020 Exhibit Program Calendar

In conjunction with our temporary exhibit Natural Expressions: Art Inspired by Mendocino County the Museum will be offering afternoon crafting programs on select Saturdays in early 2020.

Please see the Natural Expressions afternoon crafting program calendar below which includes Free Admission and Free Crafts while supplies last. For program descriptions see our Event Calendar.

 Afternoon Crafting  Afternoon Crafting  Afternoon Crafting
 January 4, 2020  January 18, 2020  February 1, 2020
 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
 Painted River Rocks  Nature Wall Hangings  Shell Valentines
 Afternoon Crafting  Afternoon Crafting  
 February 15, 2020  March 7, 2020  
 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
 Leaf Print Hand Towels  Natural Clay Impressions  

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