Welcome to Kelley House Museum!

About the Kelley House Museum

The mission of the Kelley House Museum is to collect, preserve and share the rich history of the Mendocino Coast. Founded in 1972, Kelley House Museum, Inc. maintains a beautiful house museum and gardens, as well as the Mendocino Coast’s only museum-quality storage facility and staffed research office. Our research archives represent over 150 years of Mendocino coastal history. Collections include historic photo collections, local genealogical data, research documents and publications. Over 3000 entries of maps, documents, books, photographs, oral histories and artifacts from our collection are searchable through our site.

The Kelley House Museum is an historic house museum in the heart of Mendocino, California, a picturesque town of 1,000 people. The home was built in 1861 by William Kelly (sp), one of Mendocino’s founding fathers, and now contains 19th Century furniture. The ocean-view home sits on an acre of gardens, with a pond and three resident geese. William had the pond built and stocked so that the neighborhood children could fish.

Did You Know?

We offer Walking Tours of the Mendocino National Historic Preservation District. Tours leave from the Kelley House Museum every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am, and last for 1 1/2 hours.

History Mystery

Wonacott's Studio Unknown Couple

Unknown Mendocino Coast Couple

Unknown Mendocino Coast couple taken at Wonacott’s Studio in Fort Bragg. Circa 1920 – 1930


Father Time and the Maiden Big River Logjam Racing on the Mendocino Headlands in the 1930s The J.M.Griffith in Mendocino Bay Kwan Tai Temple Loggers working a Tall Redwood Closeup of Loggers on a Redwood Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Wells Fargo Stage in Mendocino Logging Camp on Big River

Around the House
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Sunday Afternoon With…

April 15th, 2014 by nancy

“A Sunday Afternoon With…the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department” will kick off the season for the Kelley House monthly historical lectures on April 27 at 3:00 pm. You’ll meet old-timers and newcomers, fire ladies and quilters, and hear about how the fire department became the glue that holds the community together. The storytellers will regale you with tales of exciting moments in firefighting as well as the inevitable misadventures that beset every volunteer group. On sale will be the Kelley House Annual Historical Review, written by Kay Tahja, which is filled with history, personal reminisces, and photographs celebrating the fire department’s first 50 years.

Admission $5 members; $7 non-members. Light refreshments following the program. Call 707-937-5791 for information.

Dine-Out at MacCallum House

April 17th, 2014 by nancy

Looking for a way to support your local museum? Join us for a delicious dinner at the MacCallum House Restaurant on Wednesday, April 30, where all proceeds will benefit the Kelley House Museum. Dinner is served 5:30-8:30 pm; bar opens at 5 pm. Reservations are suggested: 707-937-0289. MacCallum House, 45020 Albion Street, Mendocino.