Most historic districts in this country consist of small sections of a larger more developed city, but historic Mendocino is the town itself and this creates a dynamic that is evident as one walks the streets. While visitors come to enjoy the historic townscape, the residents are also using the post office, the library, the school, and the grocery store. The town has an architectural governing board that reviews all town plans to ensure the visual presences of this historical town is maintained. The Kelley House Museum, in keeping with historical preservation, is furnished with period furniture from the late 1800s. The three upstairs bedrooms are furnished with items that belonged to the Kelly family or came from the period in which they lived in the house.
In addition the museum contains some of the following standing collections:
The Frolic Shipwreck
Then and Now Photo Exhibit
Exhibit on Native Americans
Our Native American exhibit offers a historical overview of Mendocino’s earliest residents, as well as an array of photo prints and artifacts depicting their way of life. On loan from the California Indian Museum are six examples of decorative gift and utilitarian baskets belonging to the Daisy Kelley MacCallum Collection. And from the Dorothy Byrnes Leonard Collection are examples of decorative gift and utilitarian baskets, a woven infant carrier, and a duplicate toy cradle.