Walking Tours

Discover the Charm and History of Mendocino


The Kelley House offers two types of walking tours of historic Mendocino.


$20 per person, $15 under 12

Our docent-led walking tours have been described as “fun, engaging, and informative!” Trained guides offer a variety of tours to choose from: “Historic Main Street,” “Water Towers,” and “Pioneer Cemetery.” Scroll down for tour dates and to book online through Airbnb or email us your requested date at tours@kelleyhousemuseum.org. Drop-ins welcome and all tours meet by the flagpole on the Kelley House lawn. 100% of your ticket sales go to Kelley House Museum.


See the Historic District Walking Tour.

See the Cemetery Tour

See the Tour of Water Towers

Note that the Cemetery and Water Tower tours are presently only available by email request to tours@kelleyhousemuseum.org.


Free preview or $9.99 per tour

Narrated, self-guided tours cover some of the same topics as our live tours and are a great way to tour the town at your convenience. The “Taste of Mendocino” is a free tour that gives you a broad overview of Mendocino’s history in four stops, along with recommended food to try along your route. Additional in-depth tours are available for $9.99. On every self-guided tour, stops are accompanied by historic photos, a map to orient you, and the option to have the tour read aloud to you while you walk or drive. Simply search for “Kelley House Tour” in the App store and download onto your phone or tablet, or click on the desired link below:

Kelley House Tour for Apple Users

Kelley House Tour for Android Users

Interested in local history but can’t walk through town? Make an appointment for an “Armchair History Tour” with local historian and docent Katy Tahja. This is conducted from a comfortable chair in the Kelley House parlor and will cover roughly the same information you’d get on a walking tour, only you won’t be walking, you’ll be listening to stories and looking at photos while seated. Katy is able to customize her tour to provide information specific to your particular areas of interest. $20 per person for 2 hours.