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Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, Mendocino

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The Ford House Museum, located on Main Street in Mendocino, is recognized by the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce as the official Visitor Information Center for the town. Open daily, 11am to 4pm, the Ford House is the perfect place to start any visit to Mendocino. The circa 1854 home offers both historic and current information on the town and the area State Parks, including a broad selection of brochures, books, maps, cards, and gifts. A number of videos are available upon request, with topics ranging from the steam whistle logging era of the early Twentieth Century to the amazing story of gray whale migration.

Seasonal exhibits are showcased through out the year and include Whales, Wildflowers, and Mushrooms.
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  • Very nice FREE Museum (donations accepted). The volunteer that was there when we visited was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Lots of history and binders full of old pictures from the a...  more »
  • I love this place. They offer free historical walks. This might be a small city yet it has a nice history. Don’t forget to stop here.  more »
  • The Ford Museum was doing free whale watching tours! The docents were friendly and knowledgeable. We also bought a great book about the logging history of the California North Coast!  more »
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  • In this age of taking down Confederate monuments it would also be nice not to gloss over the decimation of native people and their ways of life (in this case the Pomo) with language like "Northern Pomo left to try life on reservations" as if they were not forced to do so by the U.S. government and merely got some good deal on real estate elsewhere and jumped on it. Heavy use of the passive voice in writings in these sorts of local museums ("California's native populations were steadily reduced by ninety percent") makes it seem like it was some blameless activity that couldn't have been avoided. Would love to see places like the Ford House start this trend by acknowledging this ugly past (which they partly did). Otherwise, a very cute museum with friendly and informative staff.