A parade of toy trucks and other vintage vehicles is on display at the Kelley House Museum through January. A pressed steel logging truck, brightly enameled fire truck and a collection of small hand cars from the 1940s, 50s and early 60s fill the exhibit case in the main room of the museum. A small litho tinplated train and model airport, produced by Louis Marx and Company, are also on display. Marx manufactured realistic action toys and some of the most popular and affordable electric trains and accessories of the era. By the 1950s, his was the largest manufacturer of toys in the world. But Lionel trains were also very popular. For a hands-on experience with a 1948 Lionel train set, visitors to the museum are invited to operate the electrical transformer and whistle tender that power the train around the miniature town of Mendocino!
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
Looking for a way to walk off your Thanksgiving dinner or entertain out of town guests? On Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Sunday (November 28-December 1), the Kelley House will offer our docent-led, historic walking tours of Mendocino. Learn about movie sites, ghost stories, and meeting places of yesteryear. Walks start promptly at 11 am at the Kelley House Museum, 45007 Albion St., Mendocino. Cost $10pp