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The Ferndale Museum

The Ferndale Museum is a 501-c-3 charitable nonprofit organization that flourishes on gifts of time, money, talent and historical memorabilia.


A historical and educational museum, the Ferndale Museum brings to our community an appreciation and understanding of the culture and heritage of our town, and the Eel River and Mattole Valleys. We publish a magazine, produce original documentary videos, conduct tours of historic houses and businesses, stage photography exhibits, publish original biographies and historic cookbooks, and maintain a constantly enriched and varied collection. Our collections include a working seismograph, player piano, active blacksmith shop, and a vast display of artifacts that pertain to or were used by our forebears. We also assist our members in genealogical research, welcome visitors and new friends, and provide information on our two town cemeteries.

We welcome you to join our team!

Nearly 200 people in our town, around the county, and across the country are volunteers for the Ferndale Museum. They participate in a wide variety of tasks, including greeters (docents), researchers, cataloguers, gardeners, construction and maintenance helpers, keepers of the seismograph, movie-makers, writers, social media content producers, singers and songwriters, illustrators, clockwork fixers, blacksmiths, collection preservation, board members, quilt-block designers, event planners, fund-raisers, bakers, photographers...the opportunities to find your own volunteer niche are endless. Call director Lynn Lourenco at the museum (707-786-4466) for more information.


movie night

Working in the Woods: 1936
Vintage film by Jack Tipple, Sr., with a new narration by former woodsman Jerry Miller.

Stunning story, from initial felling in a forest near Carlotta to the shipping of finished lumber out of the ports, was filmed without sound. The Ferndale Museum interviewed Jerry Miller, who narrates the action and the process from the point of view of his own logging experience.

Thursday night, March 29, The Old Steeple, 7 p.m. Tickets, $10 at the door only.

This movie will be shown as a double feature with the museum’s highly acclaimed interview short feature, Familiar Faces.


We welcome your visit February through December

Corner of Shaw & Third Sts.
515 Shaw (Map)

Tours & school groups welcome!

Winter Hours
Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. 1 - 4 p.m.
Genealogy assistance available. ​


Lynn Lourenco

Research Dept.
Ann Roberts
Nancy Kaytis-Slocum

Wendy Lestina

Office Manager
Wanda Baird

Don Andersen

Ferndale Museum
Post Office Box 431
Ferndale, California 95536-0431 USA