A Day at the de Young Museum

Sunday, April 7

bus trip organized by the grace hudson museum

see Museum Events page for details and ticket information



Grotto Geyser ,  Yellowstone,  1891 by Grafton Tyler Brown

Grotto Geyser, Yellowstone, 1891
by Grafton Tyler Brown


Artful Liaisons: Connecting Painters Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey, and Grafton Tyler Brown. Our feature 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.

Click here for a December, 8 2018 article from the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
And click here for an October 22, 2018 article from the Ukiah Daily Journal.


Winter in the Blood, film screening, presented by the Pop-Up Culture Club of Ukiah. Saturday, February 23, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

In this 2014 feature movie, filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith tell the story of an anguished young man, half American Indian and half Anglo, haunted by the memories and spirits of his father and brother, and in search of some sort of anchor to hold onto. The film explores issues of Native identity, economic hardship, alcohol abuse, racism, and the value of family. Adapted from the 1974 novel by award-winning author James Welch (Blackfeet/A’aninin). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Andrew Smith. FREE and open to the public. Appropriate for ages 14 and up.

K.C. Kirkley

K.C. Kirkley

Writers Read, with featured author K.C. Kirkley, plus open mic. Thursday, February 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Award-winning Ukiah writer K.C. Kirkley joins Writers Read for this month’s program focusing on prose fiction. Kirkley’s short stories have been published in The Los Angeles Review, The Portland Review, Chicago Literati, Upstreet Anthology, Sixfold, Zoetic Press, and others. Kirkley reads at 7:00 followed by an open mic at 8:00. Suggested $5 donation. For additional information about Writers Read or this program, contact Michael Riedell at innisfree@pacific.net

Water Spirit  by Aryan Chappell

Water Spirit by Aryan Chappell

First Friday, opening reception for Gathering Light, our next exhibition. Friday, March 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Meet the four artists featured in our new exhibition Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor. Free to all.

Oak  by Amy Melious

Oak by Amy Melious

Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor, our next special exhibition. 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.

Pear Orchard Spring Bloom  by Robert Taylor

Pear Orchard Spring Bloom by Robert Taylor

Gathering Light with Amy Melious and Robert Taylor, a gallery tour. Sunday, March 3 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

Featured artists Amy Melious and Robert Taylor discuss their photography, and how their aesthetic and process has evolved over the years. Free with Museum admission. Limited to 20 visitors. Reservations required. Call the Museum at (707) 467-2836 to reserve a spot.

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 Fall 2018/Winter 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!


Click on images or text for more information.

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: www.artistshomes.org

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