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Address: 400 E Commercial St, Willits, CA 95490-3204
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+1 707-459-2736
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10:00 - 16:30
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:30

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history in the making

Great place to enjoy local history and to learn about Roots of Motor Power. This museum is a hidden treasure that you will enjoy for years to come as they rotate exhibits.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Jody J
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Willits, California
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Willits, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to enjoy local history and to learn about Roots of Motor Power. This museum is a hidden treasure that you will enjoy for years to come as they rotate exhibits.

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nola
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

couldn't believe such a small town has such a fine museum. not the greatest museum in the world but MUCH better than what you might expect. it displays the history of the area with an emphasis on locomotion. if you're there on the right day you might be able to ride a train. worth the stop.

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Rock Springs, WY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Stopped in here after a ride on the Skunk Train and it was a nice little museum. A lot of early military and native american pieces.

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Riverside, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

...but the museum store was great! The lovely lady working the front desk was a wealth of information and really has a heart for her work. There were other things to do right there - the park across the street, the steam engines next door - and everyone in our party was surprised at how much time we ended up... More 

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Willits, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Mendocino County Museum is a nice way to spend an hour or two reminiscing about days gone by. The museum has an eclectic collection that shares diverse elements of local history. A new section informs us of local Native American inhabitants and the way they lived. There is an old drug store counter, complete with soda fountain. The more... More 

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Santa Fe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

This museum has native American artifacts and a park across the street that has live music during the summer! Definitely a great spot for some history and meeting locals!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

Has a great history of Mendocino. The displays are well done and there is plenty of information. They have information concerning the whole state of California. The display concerning the civil war was very enlighting. I never knew American settlers enslaved Indian children in anticipation of California being a slave state. Wish it had more about Willits. I would really... More 

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

The Kenetic Carnevale and Steampunk Ball weekend are an annual event put on by the museum that cannot be missed!!!

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

I was able to attend for my first time, in 2014, the Kinetic Carnivale sponsored by the Mendocino County Museum. What fun, proceeds benefit the museum. All the sights, sounds, foods, education, and vendors and more. It was worth every bit of the 2 day visit. Handcar races, Steam Operated Logging Equipment, Steam Engines, Steam Locomotives, and Steam Punks. Different... More 

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Granby, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

This is must see place if you are in the area. Well done exhibits. Very pleasant and helpful staff. Donations to the museum are appreciated.

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