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

Mendocino Teenagers

Mendocino Teenagers

This photograph was taken around 1958. It belonged to a collection of photographs from Dee Lemos, who taught English at Mendocino High School for many years. It is probably the Art Department at the High School but who are these fellows?


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
—Director’s Blog—

Silent Auction Success!

September 30th, 2014 by Staff
Main Salon Auction 2014

Busy Bidders

Raffle Drawing 2014 Auction

The Big Raffle Drawing


This year marked the 35th anniversary of the Kelley House Annual Silent Auction and Raffle. The Board of Directors decided to hold the event at “home” here at the Museum. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of visitors! Many of our offerings sold, including a magnificent redwood “sinker wood” table and benches generously donated by Steve Crowningshield of the Mendocino Heritage Furniture Company. The wines sold out, and lots of raffle tickets sold. Three lucky raffle winners will be enjoying fine dining in support of the Kelley House Museum. Our thanks to all the members, volunteers and supporters who helped make the event a success!

Wine Room 2014 Auction

Wine Bargains

Kelley House Auction 9-27-14-12

Kristin and Juan Barajas of Sacramento with their Heirloom Table Set




A Sunday Afternoon With

September 25th, 2014 by Staff
Dance on the Coast

Camille Parsons with Former Students

35 Years of Dancing on the Coast

On September 28 the “Sunday Afternoon With” lecture series at the Kelley House Museum continues with career dance teacher Camille Parsons. Parsons will present “35 years of Dancing on the Coast.” Her talk will be filled with memories of dance instruction and Spring Concerts where hundreds danced across the stage of Cotton Auditorium. Come to the Kelley House at 4 p.m. to hear and see highlights from this respected and well-loved teacher’s career and learn about the dedicated people who taught and supported generations of dancers.

Parsons began teaching dance at City Center Studio in 1979. Five years later that became Second Story Studio where Parsons taught with Nancy Harris until 1998. Parsons now teaches along with Serafina Andrews, Heather Eccarius and others. Every year, hundreds of children and adults learn the basics of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance from these teachers. Camille will relate stories of her 35 year career and show a short video. Other teachers and former students are also expected to share their recollections of Second Story studio.

So put on your dancing shoes (if they still fit) and come to the Kelley House 4 p.m. Sunday August 28 for Parsons’ special presentation. Donations are requested. Call 937-5791 for more info.