California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, near Corte Madera.

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, near Corte Madera.

California Leopard Lilies (Lilium pardalinum). Photo by Rob Badger and Nita Winter.

California Leopard Lilies (Lilium pardalinum). Photo by Rob Badger and Nita Winter.

Happy Birthday, Grace Carpenter Hudson (and twin brother Grant Carpenter)! Born February 21, 1865.

NOW ON VIEW: Beauty and the Beast:
California Wildflowers and Climate Change

Saturday, February 10, 2018–Sunday, June 17, 2018.

For over 20 years, award-winning Marin photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have produced exquisite photographs of California wildflowers that connect us to the beauty of the Golden State while raising awareness of threats that natural habitats face from climate change. The exhibition spotlights flowers associated with the state’s many geographic regions, the photographic techniques involved in capturing these delicate subjects, and the expanding impact of human activity on wild spaces. A sampling of Grace Hudson’s wildflower paintings will also be on display.


Wildflower Walk at Low Gap Park. Saturday, February 24, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join walk leader Cathy Monroe of the California Native Plant Society as she interprets the diversity of wildflowers on the trails around Low Gap Park. Subject to cancelation if heavy rain occurs. Meet at the corner of the park by the tennis courts at 10:00 am. FREE. This program is offered in conjunction with the current exhibition, Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change.

Meet our new Director! Download the Fall 2017 issue of The Sunletter here.

Download the insert included in the current edition of The Sunletter here:
Annual Appeal Letter from Sun House Guild President, Lucille Mirata

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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.
Closed major holidays.

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.