Walking Tours

WALKING TOURS of Historic Mendocino                                        

Discover the Charm and History of Mendocino

Mendocino is the only town on the California Coast designated as a Historic Preservation District. The settlement was established in the 1850’s, with architecture reminiscent of a New England village. Many of the early residents came here from Maine, and built grand Victorian mansions and quaint Saltbox cottages.

There is no better way to discover the charm and history of Mendocino than to take one of our delightfully informative walking tours. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident, you’ll learn surprising details (and even some secrets!) about the people, historic architecture and community spirit of this quaint town.

Join our expert docents for a stroll and lively commentary. You’ll pass by early pioneer homes, historic meeting places and buildings that make up the National Historic District.


Walking tours every Saturday and Sunday at 11AM.

  • Tours begin at the museum
  • Tour Duration: Two hours
  • Cost: $10 per person

Self-guided audio tours also available for rent during open Museum hours or open Research Office hours (1:00-4:00) if the Museum is closed.

In addition to our popular guided walking tours, the Kelley House Museum has developed a self-guided multimedia tour which can be taken at any time. The tour is presented through a rented tablet device, and allows you to stroll through the streets at your leisure and learn about the history of the coast and town.

The Android tablet can be rented for $10 at the Kelley House Museum from Friday through Monday, or at the Research Office next door from Tuesday to Thursday.

The Kelley House also offers commercial group tours. Contact the office at 707-937-5791 for more information.