Ford House Museum and Visitor Center

11 am to 4 pm, Daily

Mendocino Headlands State Park with its unique blend of gentle trails, rugged coastline, secluded beaches and timeless history surrounds the picturesque town of Mendocino on three sides.  Miles of trails wind along the cliffs, giving the casual explorer spectacular views of sea arches and hidden grottoes. Day-use only. No camping.

Permanent exhibits at the Ford House reflect Mendocino's early settlement era. There is a display of artifacts from the Pomo; Native Americans who had lived in the area for over 8,000 years before the arrival of the first settlers. A visitor favorite is the scale model of the town as it was in 1890, created by the late local craftsman, Len Peterson. Throughout the house, old photographs, tools and relics illustrate the saga of the early mill town days, from the felling of the redwoods to the shipping of the lumber aboard the legendary doghole schooners. Also of note is the exhibit of Emmy Lou Packard prints. Packard, who was a friend and colleague of Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera in her early career, was responsible for starting the grass roots movement that led to the creation of Mendocino Headlands State Park, and, ultimately, the Mendocino Historic District in 1972.

2nd Saturday Reception

Saturday, April 12th: 5 pm - 7 pm


Wildflower Show at the Ford House Visitor Center and Museum featuring a fresh display of wildflowers by the Native Plant Society and Photographs by Katy Pye - a local docent and author and former Executive Director of the Yolo County, CA Resource Conservation District.  

As an amateur botanist and photographer, Katy hopes her show will inspire people to look closely at the amazing array of wildflowers to be found on the Mendocino Coast.

Come to the 2nd Saturday opening reception, Saturday April 12th, 5pm to 7pm. Light refreshments served.




The Ford House is the Mushroom House in November

Mushrooms will be the focus at the Ford House with a month-long exhibit featuring mushroom natural history.  Photographer Ron LeValley will be showing his Mushrooms of the Mendocino Coast; a selection of the beautiful and sometimes edible fungal delights of our area.

45035 Main Street, Mendocino, open daily 11am to 4pm | 707.937.5397 |

Magnificent Chicken of the Woods (Mushroom)

Magnificent Chicken of the Woods (Mushroom)

The Ford House Museum, located on Main Street in Mendocino, is recognized by the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce as the official Visitor Information Center for the town. Open daily, 11am to 4pm, the Ford House is the perfect place to start any visit to Mendocino. The circa 1854 home offers both historic and current information on the town and the area State Parks, including a broad selection of brochures, books, maps, cards, and gifts.  A number of videos are available upon request, with topics ranging from the steam whistle logging era of the early Twentieth Century to the amazing story of gray whale migration. Map

Seasonal exhibits showcase the local flora and fauna, including  Whales, Wildflowers, and Mushrooms. Whale Watching walks are scheduled in March.  See Events Calendar.

Weddings, group and school tours of the Museum, along with cultural and natural history walks and talks are available with advance notice.

For information, or if you are interested in being involved in the Ford House Docent Council, please contact Ford House Manager Jenny Heckeroth at 937-5397 or e-mail:  Mail: P.O. Box 1387, Mendocino, CA 95460


A beautiful video pictorial of the Mendocino Coast - Videographer / Photographer: Randy Johnson -



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