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The Ferndale Museum

The Ferndale Museum is a 501-c-3 charitable nonprofit organization that flourishes on gifts of time, money, talent and historical memorabilia.


A historical and educational museum, the Ferndale Museum brings to our community an appreciation and understanding of the culture and heritage of our town, and the Eel River and Mattole Valleys. We publish a magazine, produce original documentary videos, conduct tours of historic houses and businesses, stage photography exhibits, publish original biographies and historic cookbooks, and maintain a constantly enriched and varied collection. Our collections include a working seismograph, player piano, active blacksmith shop, and a vast display of artifacts that pertain to or were used by our forebears. We also assist our members in genealogical research, welcome visitors and new friends, and provide information on our two town cemeteries.

We welcome you to join our team!

Nearly 200 people in our town, around the county, and across the country are volunteers for the Ferndale Museum. They participate in a wide variety of tasks, including greeters (docents), researchers, cataloguers, gardeners, construction and maintenance helpers, keepers of the seismograph, movie-makers, writers, social media content producers, singers and songwriters, illustrators, clockwork fixers, blacksmiths, collection preservation, board members, quilt-block designers, event planners, fund-raisers, bakers, photographers...the opportunities to find your own volunteer niche are endless. Call director Lynn Lourenco at the museum (707-786-4466) for more information.



movie night

The Sweet Memories 2018 Dessert Cookbook goes on sale May 12, debuting at the 4th annual Sweet Memories Dessert Auction & Exhibit, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ferndale City Hall. First run is only  150 copies! Advance order now ($20 plus s/h).

The 8-page Bid-List for Sweet Memories ($5) also serves as your ticket for the event (which includes an all-day full lunch buffet with wine). Bid-Lists sold at Rings Drug Store, the Ferndale Museum, Becker Insurance, and Green's Pharmacy (Fortuna).

Sweet Memories Dessert Auction & Exhibit, May 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ferndale City Hall


New! The DVD of Working in the Woods: 1936, an original Ferndale Museum video incorporating the 80-year-old footage of logging at Carlotta, shot by Jack Tipple, Sr., with current narration from retired timber faller Jerry Miller. This movie premiered March 29 to a sold-out house at the Old Steeple in Ferndale. ​Available only at the Ferndale Museum and on-line at $20 plus s/h.


We welcome your visit February through December

Corner of Shaw & Third Sts.
515 Shaw (Map)

Tours & school groups welcome!

Winter Hours
Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. 1 - 4 p.m.
Genealogy assistance available. ​


Lynn Lourenco

Research Dept.
Ann Roberts
Nancy Kaytis-Slocum

Wendy Lestina

Editor, Volunteer News
Brian Christensen

Office Manager
Wanda Baird

Director Emeritus 
Don Andersen

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