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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Name Image Town/City County Type Summary
Anderson Marsh State Historic Park Lower Lake Lake Historic house Contains Ranch House, an example of early California living
Anderson Valley Historical Society Museum Boonville Mendocino Local history
Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center Arcata Humboldt Natural history Exhibits about the natural history and importance of the marsh and the operations of the waste water treatment plant
Battery Point Light Crescent City Del Norte Lighthouse Lighthouse and museum
Blue Lake Museum Blue Lake Humboldt Local history Photos and artifacts of Blue Lake pioneers, local Indian, logging and railroad history
Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park Eureka Humboldt Local history , historic park with working craftsmen's areas and a current-day mill and woodworking operation
Clarke Historical Museum Eureka Humboldt Local history Formerly 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 City Del Norte Local history , includes 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 Eureka Humboldt Children's non-profit children’s museum
Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum Kelseyville Lake Local history , operated by the Lake County Historical Society
Fern Cottage Ferndale Humboldt Historic house , 19th-century cottage house
Ferndale Museum Ferndale Humboldt Local history Period rooms, antiques, dollhouses, switchboard, telephones, farm equipment and oldest working Bosch-Omori seismograph, research collections include family histories, photographs and books
First Street Gallery Eureka Humboldt Art Operated by Humboldt State University
Ford House Museum Mendocino Mendocino Local history Visitor and interpretive center for Mendocino Headlands State Park
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park Eureka Humboldt Fort History 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 Fortuna Humboldt Local history , history 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 Ukiah Mendocino Multiple Art, 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 Bragg Mendocino Local history , operated by the Fort Bragg — Mendocino Coast Historical Society
Hoopa Tribal Museum Hoopa Humboldt Native American
HSU Art Galleries Arcata Humboldt Art , includes 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 Samoa Humboldt Maritime Madaket historic ship, displays [2]
Humboldt State University Natural History Museum Arcata Humboldt Natural history Exhibits include the redwood forest, plant evolution, area fossils, seashells, insects, marine life
Kelley House Museum Mendocino Mendocino Historic house , interprets Mendocino's logging and shipping industries
Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museum Lakeport Lake Local history County history, Pomo basket and artifacts collection, gems and minerals, Victorian parlor, hunting and camping, courthouse history
Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum Lower Lake Lake Local history Includes local pioneer and Native American artifacts, rocks and minerals
Mendocino County Museum Willits Mendocino Local history
Morris Graves Museum of Art Eureka Humboldt Art Arts and artists of the Pacific Northwest, particularly Morris Graves
Phillips House Museum Arcata Humboldt Historic house , operated by the Historical Sites Society of Arcata, shows the daily life an Arcata resident between 1854 and 1932
Point Cabrillo Light Ukiah Mendocino Maritime Lighthouse open for tours
Samoa Cookhouse Museum Eureka Humboldt Industry , area logging activities, part of the Samoa Cookhouse historic restaurant
Scotia Logging Museum Scotia Humboldt Industry , museum about the logging company town owned by Pacific Lumber Company
Sea Glass Museum Fort Bragg Mendocino Local History , history of Fort Bragg's sea glass beaches, sea glass displays and photos, privately owned
Stone House Museum Hidden Valley Lake Lake Historic house Mid-19th century house, oldest building in the county, operated by the Stone House Historical Society [3]
Stone Lagoon Schoolhouse Museum Trinidad Humboldt Local history Operated by the Society for California Archaeology, exhibits of Native American artifacts, local history [4]
Trees of Mystery Klamath Del Norte Native American Roadside attraction that includes the End of the Trail Museum, which features Native American art, crafts and tools
Triangle Tattoo & Museum Fort Bragg Mendocino Art , display of tattoo artifacts from around the world
Trinidad Museum Trinidad Humboldt Local history
Willow Creek - China Flat Museum Willow Creek Humboldt Local history , local and Native American history, special Bigfoot collection
Wooden Sculpture Garden of Romano Gabriel Eureka Humboldt Art , folk art sculpture garden, operated by the Eureka Heritage Society

Defunct museums

See also