The North Coast of California is located on the Pacific coast in between the San Francisco Bay and the Oregon border and includes Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino counties.

This list of North Coast, California museums, defined for this context as institutions (in nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing can include non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Museums

NameImageTown/CityCountyTypeSummary
Anderson Marsh State Historic Park Lower LakeLakeHistoric houseContains Ranch House, an example of early California living
Anderson Valley Historical Society Museum BoonvilleMendocinoLocal history 
Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center ArcataHumboldtNatural historyExhibits about the natural history and importance of the marsh and the operations of the waste water treatment plant
Battery Point Light Crescent CityDel NorteLighthouseLighthouse and museum
Blue Lake Museum Blue LakeHumboldtLocal historyPhotos and artifacts of Blue Lake pioneers, local Indian, logging and railroad history
Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park EurekaHumboldtLocal historyHistoric park with working craftsmen's areas and a current-day mill and woodworking operation
Clarke Historical Museum EurekaHumboldtLocal historyFormerly the Clarke Memorial Museum, history of Humboldt County with emphasis on the late 19th century, includes furniture, glassware, clothing and Native American wing
Del Norte County Historical Society Museum Crescent CityDel NorteLocal historyIncludes Native American baskets, Tolowa and Yurok artifacts, musical instruments, old radio, phonographic and photographic equipment, needlework, logging and mining tools and equipment, fashions and furniture
Discovery Museum of Eureka EurekaHumboldtChildren'sNon-profit children’s museum
Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum KelseyvilleLakeLocal historyOperated by the Lake County Historical Society
Fern Cottage FerndaleHumboldtHistoric house19th-century cottage house
Ferndale Museum FerndaleHumboldtLocal historyPeriod rooms, antiques, dollhouses, switchboard, telephones, farm equipment and oldest working Bosch-Omori seismograph, research collections include family histories, photographs and books
First Street Gallery EurekaHumboldtArtOperated by Humboldt State University
Ford House Museum MendocinoMendocinoLocal historyVisitor and interpretive center for Mendocino Headlands State Park
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park EurekaHumboldtFortHistory of the mid 19th century fort, interactions between European Americans and Native Americans, logging equipment and local narrow gauge railroad history of the region
Fortuna Depot Museum FortunaHumboldtLocal historyHistory of the Eel River Valley, includes memorabilia from railroad, farm and war eras, including large locks, spark plugs, and barbed wire displays, a doll collection and many types of fishing gear and lures
Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House UkiahMendocinoMultipleArt, history, and anthropology museum focusing on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865–1937) and her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857–1936)
Guest House Museum Fort BraggMendocinoLocal historyOperated by the Fort Bragg — Mendocino Coast Historical Society
Hoopa Tribal Museum HoopaHumboldtNative American The Hoopa Tribal Museum is a “Living Museum”[7]
HSU Art Galleries ArcataHumboldtArtIncludes the Reese Bullen Gallery in the Humboldt State University Art Building, the Native American Arts Gallery in the Behavioral & Social Science Building and the First Street Gallery
Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum SamoaHumboldtMaritimeMadaket historic ship, displays[2]
Humboldt State University Natural History Museum ArcataHumboldtNatural historyExhibits include the redwood forest, plant evolution, area fossils, seashells, insects, marine life
Kelley House Museum MendocinoMendocinoHistoric houseInterprets Mendocino's logging and shipping industries
Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum LakeportLakeLocal historyCounty history, Pomo basket and artifacts collection, gems and minerals, Victorian parlor, hunting and camping, courthouse history
Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum Lower LakeLakeLocal historyIncludes local pioneer and Native American artifacts, rocks and minerals
Mendocino County Museum WillitsMendocinoLocal history 
Morris Graves Museum of Art EurekaHumboldtArtArts and artists of the Pacific Northwest, particularly Morris Graves
Phillips House Museum ArcataHumboldtHistoric houseOperated by the Historical Sites Society of Arcata, shows the daily life an Arcata resident between 1854 and 1932
Point Cabrillo Light UkiahMendocinoMaritimeLighthouse open for tours
Samoa Cookhouse Museum EurekaHumboldtIndustryArea logging activities, part of the Samoa Cookhouse historic restaurant
Scotia Logging Museum ScotiaHumboldtIndustryMuseum about the logging company town owned by Pacific Lumber Company
Sea Glass Museum Fort BraggMendocinoLocal HistoryHistory of Fort Bragg's sea glass beaches, sea glass displays and photos, privately owned
Stone House Museum Hidden Valley LakeLakeHistoric houseMid-19th century house, oldest building in the county, operated by the Stone House Historical Society[3]
Stone Lagoon Schoolhouse Museum TrinidadHumboldtLocal historyOperated by the Society for California Archaeology, exhibits of Native American artifacts, local history[4]
Trees of Mystery KlamathDel NorteNative AmericanRoadside attraction that includes the End of the Trail Museum, which features Native American art, crafts and tools
Triangle Tattoo & Museum Fort BraggMendocinoArtDisplay of tattoo artifacts from around the world
Trinidad Museum TrinidadHumboldtLocal history 
Willow Creek-China Flat Museum Willow CreekHumboldtLocal historyLocal and Native American history, special Bigfoot collection.[6]
Wooden Sculpture Garden of Romano Gabriel EurekaHumboldtArtFolk art sculpture garden, operated by the Eureka Heritage Society

Defunct museums

See also