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Ferndale Museum, Ferndale
(4.5/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
The Ferndale Museum, located in Ferndale, California, houses and exhibits artifacts, documents and papers from settlement during the California Gold Rush to the present including an active Bosch-Omori seismograph. The area of collection covers the lower Eel River Valley as far south as the Mattole River Valley and west to the Pacific Ocean. Collections include over 6,000 photographs, back issues of the Ferndale Enterprise newspaper, and family papers spanning 140 years.ExhibitsPermanent displays in the main building include a Magneto switchboard, a Pacific Telephone toll board, working crank telephones, historical rooms and furnishings, doll houses of interesting local buildings, and a display of Seth Kinman items. Tools, dairy, logging and farm equipment and a working blacksmith forge are in the museum Annex.Bosch-Omori SeismographFerndale resident Joseph Jordan Bognuda became interested in earthquakes after living through the 1906 San Francisco which caused considerable damage in Ferndale and over the entire Eel River Valley. Bognuda began a correspondence with Perry Byerly and attended lectures at the University of California at Berkeley which resulted in the University and the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey establishing a Ferndale Seismographic Station with a lighter Bosch-Omori Seismograph than the one in active use at Berkeley at the same time.
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  • We spent 90 minutes wandering thru the museum. Both docents there were well informed and seemed to enjoy sharing the history of their town - old telephone switchboards, a still- functioning seismograp...  more »
  • Well worth the paltry entry fee. Proprietor is very friendly, knowledgeable, and conversational. Interesting and well designed displays throughout. Try to visit when the blacksmith is working. Great f...  more »
  • You can tell the town takes a lot of pride in this museum. You can really learn about the people and the history of Ferndale. We spent about an hour in there. Definitely worth a stop. A small donation...  more »
  • Really well set up for such a tiny place. Free but would like a donation. The working player-piano and phones and room set-ups were wonderful to see. A great place for history buffs and genealogists.
  • My husband and I visited this place a couple years ago when we were newlyweds. It was a great little history lesson for the area, memorable enough that I remember it fondly even years later. The museum director was wonderful, very friendly. Would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area!
  • Lots of interesting items from the local history.
  • If you really want to know the history of this place, start here. People are wonderful. Some nice surprises inside.
  • If you come to The Victorian Village of Ferndale, don't miss The Museum!