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The Ferndale Museum is dedicated to presenting programs and exhibits that educate, entertain, and inspire our community to embrace and preserve its rich, unique history. We welcome new ideas  -- and new volunteers to help implement those ideas. To be part of the fun, give us a call at 707-786-4466 or drop us a line at


Through the middle of August museum is open on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Genealogy assistance available. ​

Marji Smith, at left, with a museum visitor at the Seth Kinman display. Marji is a docent, and welcomes visitors to the museum one afternoon a month.

Letters Home dvdSaturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre, Letters Home, the feature-length documentary movie, produced in 2010 by the Ferndale Museum about the participation, both in the armed services and on the home front, of the Eel River/Bear River/Mattole Valleys in World War II. Over 22% of the total population of that region served in the armed forces (the national average was 12%). Letters Home won the Western History Association's Autry Public History Award in 2011 for the best contribution in the U.S./Canada to the public's understanding of a historical event. This movie was last shown on Veterans Day 2010. Tickets ($10) may be purchased (in October) at Becker's Insurance, Rings Pharmacy, The Ferndale Museum; or on-line at For more information: 707-786-4466


TBA: New Volunteer Orientation at the Museum. The orientation will include a tour of the museum, refreshments, and training for research room and docent opportunities. Call Lynn Lourenco at the museum (707-786-4466) for more information, or email the director of volunteers, JoAnne Godinho.


We welcome your visit February through December

Corner of Shaw & Third Sts.
515 Shaw (Map

Tours & school groups welcome!

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

Summer Hours
Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tues. 7 - 9 p.m.
Sun. 1 - 4 p.m.
Through the middle of August museum is open on Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Genealogy assistance available.