Now you can stroll around town at your leisure and learn about historic points of interest on our self-guided walking tour through Mendocino. Tours are available for rent at the Kelley House Museum 7 days a week. Docent-led tours are still available every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am.
Welcome to Kelley House Museum!
About the Kelley House Museum
The mission of the Kelley House Museum is to collect, preserve and share the rich history of the Mendocino Coast. Founded in 1972, Kelley House Museum, Inc. maintains a beautiful house museum and gardens, as well as the Mendocino Coast’s only museum-quality storage facility and staffed research office. Our research archives represent over 150 years of Mendocino coastal history. Collections include historic photo collections, local genealogical data, research documents and publications. Over 3000 entries of maps, documents, books, photographs, oral histories and artifacts from our collection are searchable through our site.
The Kelley House Museum is an historic house museum in the heart of Mendocino, California, a picturesque town of 1,000 people. The home was built in 1861 by William Kelly (sp), one of Mendocino’s founding fathers, and now contains 19th Century furniture. The ocean-view home sits on an acre of gardens, with a pond and three resident geese. William had the pond built and stocked so that the neighborhood children could fish.
Did You Know?
We offer Walking Tours of the Mendocino National Historic Preservation District. Tours leave from the Kelley House Museum every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am, and last for 1 1/2 hours.
Unknown Mendocino Coast couple taken at Wonacott’s Studio in Fort Bragg. Circa 1920 – 1930
Around the House
The Kelley House Museum is updating one of our most valuable historical publications, “Early Portuguese Families of Mendocino,” by Eleanor Sverko. The book has been out of print for some time, and a lone copy is currently selling on the Web for $350.
In 1991, at the encouragement of Dorothy Bear and Beth Stebbins, the founders of the Kelley House, Eleanor began what became a labor of love. Over the next four years, Sverko attempted to contact one person from each Portuguese family. She read everything about the Portuguese on the Coast from 1877 – 1955. The end result was a 614-page book, including 647 photographs, telling the history of 73 Portuguese families, most of who emigrated from the Azores Islands.
If you belong to one of the Portuguese families or know someone who might have historical information to contribute, contact the Kelley House Museum.