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The Ferndale Museum



The Joe McIntosh Annex includes tools and machinery from the many outstanding collections that have been donated to us, including equipment for a complete, operational blacksmith shop.  Occasionally, local or visiting smithies open up the shop and spend an afternoon working – and giving live demonstrations of their art. The annex also displays farm, logging, and dairy equipment, as well as machine tools and belt-driven machines.

In the central rooms of the museum, we have permanent displays of a turn-of-the-century barber shop; and a bank of the last cord board from Pacific Telephone’s toll board, a three-position section from the original thirty-three-position sections that operated in Ferndale from 1952-1983. The Magneto switchboard that preceded the toll board is also on permanent display – as are “crank phones” in two locations—one of the most popular relics with children “of all ages.”

Our photography collection exceeds 8,000 pieces and is growing daily. Covering more than 140 years of our history, the photos – from glass plates to jpgs – include people and agricultural animals and equipment, Victorian houses (exteriors and interiors), Main Street over the decades, natural disasters (floods and earthquakes), individuals, families, members of the Armed Services, country schoolhouses and their students, high school sports and other events, parades, celebrations, fires, over 100 years of the Humboldt County Fair (held in Ferndale), churches and church programs, fraternal organizations, youth groups…all told, a 166-year-old town, very well documented.

3 men logging, circa 1900
Three men logging, circa 1900

Primo and Irene Marca prepare centennial cake
Primo and Irene Marca, Centennial Cake, 1952


We welcome your visit February through December

Corner of Shaw & Third Sts.
515 Shaw (Map

Tours and school groups welcome!

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

Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Genealogy assistance available.
Advance notice is appreciated.