Humboldt


Clarke Historical Museum

  • Permanent exhibits on local Native American culture, plus regional history and natural history
  • Features northwestern California Indian basketry and ceremonial regalia, primarily from the Yurok, Karok, Hupa, and Wiyot peoples
  • Location: 240 E Street (3rd and E Street) in Eureka
  • Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Call (707) 443-1947
  • Visit http://www.clarkemuseum.org/

Ferndale Museum

  • Preserves and exhibits the history and heritage of this still thriving dairy community with its lovely, well-kept Victorian houses and storefronts
  • Features the artifacts, furniture, and other items that have survived since the town was founded and displays them in settings of the Victorian era
  • Also features an operating seismograph, a telephone switchboard, working crank phones, farm and logging equipment, a barber shop, and a complete blacksmith shop
  • Exhibits change and are thoroughly researched, clearly identified, and artfully displayed.
  • Location: Shaw and 3rd Street in Ferndale
  • Open February to December, Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; June to September also open on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed in January. Docent-led school tours available by appointment
  • Call 786-4466
  • Email museum@nullferndale-museum.org
  • Visit http://www.ferndale-museum.org/

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

  • Partially reconstructed outpost, built in the 1850s to settle the conflict between local Native Americans and incoming settlers
  • Features a historical museum with military and native displays depicting then-common events of the region
  • A logging museum and two operational steam engines
  • Most recent addition is a historic garden made up of plants that were popular and available in the mid-1850s
  • Location: 3431 Fort Avenue in Eureka
  • Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; museum is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Call ahead for guided tours: (707) 445-6567
  • Visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=665

Fortuna Depot Museum

  • Contains the history of the Eel River Valley
  • Collections include intriguing memorabilia from railroad, farm, and war eras, including large locks, sparkplugs, and barbed wire displays
  • An extensive doll collection
  • Many types of fishing gear and lures
  • Location: 1 Park Street in Fortuna
  • Open June to August, daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; September to May, Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • Call (707) 725–7645
  • Visit http://www.sunnyfortuna.com/museum

Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum

  • Dedicated to North Coast maritime history
  • Artifacts, ships, models, photos, and more
  • Indoor and outdoor exhibits
  • Volunteer teen docent program and docent-led tours
  • Location: 423 First Street, behind the Carson Mansion, in Eureka
  • Open daily from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Call (707) 444-9440
  • Visit http://www.humboldtbaymaritimemuseum.com

Humboldt County Historical Society

  • Publishes a quarterly magazine, the Humboldt Historian
  • Maintains a thorough reference library
  • Prints historical books, records and transcribes oral histories, archives valuable collections, and makes the information in those collections available to researchers; fee for research
  • Web site provides research links
  • Location: 703 8th Street in Eureka
  • Open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Call (707) 445-4342
  • Visit http://www.humboldthistory.org

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

  • Enjoy exhibits on the local natural and cultural history
  • Explore exhibits on the Yurok, Sinkyone, and Wiyot peoples, including basketry and tools
  • Regularly scheduled talks and programs
  • Location: 45 mi. south of Eureka along the Avenue of the Giants and 20 mi. north of Garberville
  • Visitor Center is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the rest of the year, Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Call (707) 946-2409 or (707) 946-2015
  • Visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=425 or http://www.humboldtredwoods.org

Hupa Tribal Museum

  • A non–profit entity of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, created to preserve, and to share, the rich culture and history of the native people of northern California
  • Displays one of the finest collections of Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk artifacts in northern California
  • Includes a fine display of local Indian basketry, ceremonial regalia, redwood dugout canoes, and tools and implements used by the Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk tribes
  • Location: at the Hupa Reservation on Highway 96 in Hoopa
  • Open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from 12 noon to 1 p.m.); open in the summer, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: nominal fee
  • Call (530) 625-4110
  • Visit http://www.hoopa-nsn.gov/departments/museum.htm

Patrick’s Point State Park

  • Learn about the cultural history of Humboldt County at the Visitor’s Center
  • Sumêg Village, a recently constructed Yurok Indian Village with a native plant garden
  • Programs on the archaeology and history of the area are offered periodically at Sumêg.
  • Location: 4150 Patrick Point Drive in Trinidad, 25 mi. north of Eureka
  • Visitors Center is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Call (707) 677-3570
  • Visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=417

Stone Lagoon Schoolhouse Museum

  • Native American artifacts, local history.
  • Location: Redwood Trails, Hwy 101 in Orick
  • Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, daily from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Classrooms tours available all year by appointment.
  • Call (707) 488-2061

Trinidad Museum

  • Exhibits display the natural history of the area
  • Yurok baskets, seashell and insect collections, historic photographs, and a native plant garden.
  • Location: 529 B Trinity Street in Eureka
  • Open during the summer season, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 3 p.m.. Special tours by appointment.
  • Call (707) 677-0716
  • Visit http://www.trinidadmuseum.org/