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From left to right: Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, curator Karen Holmes, Aryan Chappell, Robert Taylor.



Water Spirit  by Aryan Chappell

Water Spirit by Aryan Chappell

Now on View:

Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, May 26.

Four established photographers with ties to Mendocino County, offer a selection of images that reflect on their careers and explore new work. All cite Mendo County as a place of lasting inspiration.

Click here for a feature article from the Feb 28 issue of the Ukiah Daily Journal.


Writers Read, Ukiah’s literary arts salon, this month featuring poet Daniel Barth. Thursday, March 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

This month, past Ukiah poet-laureate Daniel Barth is the featured reader. Dan goes on at 7:00 PM, followed by an open mic at 8:00. For additional information, about Writers Read, contact Michael Riedell at

The Music Lesson , 1665, by Johannes Vermeer

The Music Lesson, 1665, by Johannes Vermeer

First Friday Art Walk featuring a screening of the film Tim’s Vermeer. Friday, April 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Film at 6:00 PM.

Produced by illusionists Penn & Teller, the intriguing documentary Tim’s Vermeer explores how optical technologically may have helped Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer achieve his spectacular sense of visual realism. Art historians are split on whether Vermeer used optical devices to create his masterpieces. Revelation or hoax? You decide. Light refreshments. Free to all.

Water Lilies and Agapanthus,  1917  by Claude Monet

Water Lilies and Agapanthus, 1917
by Claude Monet

A Day at the de Young Museum, a bus trip organized by the Grace Hudson Museum. Sunday, April 7 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. SOLD OUT!

The Grace Hudson Museum’s periodic bus trip to San Francisco museums returns! This year Gauguin and Monet are on the menu when we spend the day at the de Young Museum. Participants will have a chance to see the special exhibitions, Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey and Monet: The Late Years, as well as explore the diverse exhibits in the de Young’s core galleries. Ticket are $75 per person and covers transportation and de Young entrance fees.

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT!

Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson

A Brief History of California Photography, an illustrated talk.
Saturday, April 13 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

Join us for this lively presentation by Drew Johnson, longtime Curator of Photography and Visual Culture at the Oakland Museum of California. Free with Museum admission.

Greenfield Ranch, Easter 1977

Greenfield Ranch, Easter 1977

Promise of Paradise: Back to the Land Oral Histories of Mendocino County, now airing on KZYX Radio, every Thursday at 3:30 PM.

The Grace Hudson Museum is a proud supporter of this oral history and broadcast project. Catch up on all the episodes by clicking here for KZYX.

And to learn more about how it all got started click here to check out Jerry Karp’s November 2018 article in the Anderson Valley Advertiser.

The Spring 2019 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.

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:

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