Discover Our History ~ Discover Our Museum!
The Mendocino County Museum collects, conserves and celebrates the stories, artifacts, and archives of the people and places in Mendocino County.
Exhibits include a 10,000 year-old Clovis Point, actual storefronts of historic businesses, 19th century stagecoaches and a "new settler" hippie van. We also have memorabilia from the famous race horse, Seabiscuit. Our Woven Worlds exhibit on Native Peoples of Mendocino County follows a descriptive timeline from Coyote to Casino ... from first contact to self-determination. Another exhibit is Main Street: Then & Now where you'll stroll back in time as the Museum's Long Gallery is transformed into Main Street, Willits as seen through the centuries. This exhibit provides a history of Willits and its present character through a series of history panels and displays relating to the original indigenous people of this area, the development of ranching, logging, and the influx of "back-to-landers" from the 1960's. Near the front of the museum is a Veterans Memorial in honor of the 22 veterans who served in Vietnam. You'll also find a gift and book shop inside the museum.
Located near the museum is a collection of restored antique logging and railroad equipment owned by the Roots of Motive Power, a volunteer organization dedicated to preservation and restoration of historical logging, steam and railroad equipment. Some of their collection of steam-powered locomotives and equipment are often stored in the Museum's Engine House.
Mendocino County Museum
400 E Commercial Street
Willits, CA 95490
Hours of Operation & Admission
Wednesday through Sunday
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Adults $4; Students 7-18 years $1; Children 6 & under Free
FREE ADMISSION ~ First Wednesday of every month
Museum Advisory Board Meeting
Next Meeting: Monday, June 11, 2018
Location: All meetings held at the Museum in the Wonacott Room unless otherwise specified
Refer to the Museum Advisory Board tab for more information