Looking for a beautiful fragrant wreath or swag for your December holidays? Go no further than the Museum's annual Holiday Open House. We are now taking pre-orders for wreaths. Drop by the Museum, call us at (707) 467-2836, or click here for the pre-order form. Pick up your wreath during the Open House: Friday, Novemeber 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.



 Early sketch by Edward Espey in Grace Carpenter’s autograph book

Early sketch by Edward Espey in Grace Carpenter’s autograph book

Artful Liaisons: Connecting Painters Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey, and Grafton Tyler Brown
, our next exhibition. Saturday, October 20, 2018 to Sunday, February 17, 2019

This show focuses on the art and friendships between these three early California artists. This original exhibition was organized by the Grace Hudson Museum.

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Making Peppernut Balls, two hands on workshops. Sunday, November 18 at 10:30 AM and at 2:00 PM, and on Tuesday, December 4 at 2:00 PM

Did you ever wonder what local California Indian people did without coffee and chocolate?  They ate peppernut balls! Learn how to prepare and enjoy these Native treats, from harvesting the fruit of the bay laurel tree to the finished truffle-like product. Taught by Museum Curator Sherrie Smith-Ferri, each workshop lasts about 90 minutes. Class fees: $15 Museum members & volunteers; $20 non-Museum members.


Learn the Art of Flintknapping, a hands-on workshop, Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

An introduction to the techniques and materials California Indian peoples used to create sharp tools such as arrowheads and knives. Bring a pair of leather work gloves, and the Museum will provide materials, tools, and safety glasses. Taught by Robin Bliss Wagner and Little Bear (Apache). Class fees: $15 Museum members & volunteers; $20 non-Museum members. Call the Grace Hudson Museum (707) 467-2836 to make your reservation.

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Holiday Open House & Craft Sale
An annual tradition!
Friday, November 30, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 to 3:00

The Museum's Annual Holiday Open House & Craft Fair is a festive way to kick off or continue your gift shopping. You’ll find an array of local vendors selling their arts, crafts, and food treats; artisanal holiday wreaths for sale; Christmas music and refreshments. The Sun House will be decorated for the season and tours will be available. And the Gift Shop will be offering a discount to all shoppers. Don't miss this special event benefiting the Museum!


The Fall/Winter 2018 issue of The Sunletter is now available.

 Grace Hudson in the Sun House, 1912.

Grace Hudson in the Sun House, 1912.

We are proud that Grace Hudson is featured in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s recent blog about
ten women who have given significantly to the world of art. All are affiliated with a historic artist's home in the
Historic Artists Homes and Studios program, of which the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House is a founding member. Check it out!


  Rufous Hummingbird and Scarlett Fritillary  Photograph by Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Rufous Hummingbird and Scarlett Fritillary
Photograph by Rob Badger and Nita Winter

And in June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation website featured the Museum in an article
on our spring exhibition, Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,
which ran from February 10 to June 17th. Read the article HERE!


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The galleries

Short-term exhibits in The Main Gallery highlight contemporary art, Native American cultures, Western American history, historic California art and local natural history. Permanent collections showcase Grace Hudson’s art; her family’s history; and Pomo culture and basketry.

the wild gardens

An outdoor Art and Education center is under development on the museum grounds. Located in a parklike setting, The Wild Gardens features native plant gardens with exhibits and art that teaches about our local environment and how Pomo Indian people managed this landscape.

the sun house

The Hudson’s charming 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow home, the Sun House sits adjacent to the Museum and is available for docent-led tours. More than a century old, The Sun House allows visitors a glimpse into the Hudsons’ Bohemian lifestyle.


The Grace Hudson Museum highlights regional art, culture and natural history in the tradition of an extraordinary family – that of Ukiah native and nationally admired artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937), her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857-1936) and her pioneering forebears. We provide opportunities for cultural engagement, art appreciation, historical reflection and hands-on learning.

Hours & Admission

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
12 noon to 4:30 p.m.
Open until 8:00 on most First Fridays throughout the year. Check Museum Events page for information on First Fridays.                    Closed major holidays.

For the month of November 2018, admission is free for
Native Americans and Veterans.

Individuals: $4
Students and Seniors: $3
Families: $10

Docent led tours for the historic Sun House are
Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 3 pm

Always free to members.
Free to all on the first Friday of each month.


We belong to the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM), with reciprocal membership privileges at more than 924 member institutions throughout North America.

We are a founding member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios program: www.artistshomes.org

We are a proud member of the Mendocino County Heritage Network.