Mendocino County Museum

Museum in Willits

Among the best community museums in this half of the state, this puts the lives of early settlers in excellent historical context – much drawn from old letters – and there’s an entire 1920s soda fountain and barber shop inside. You could spend an hour perusing Pomo and Yuki basketry and artifacts, or reading about local scandals and countercultural movements.

Outside, the Roots of Motive Power ( exhibit occasionally demonstrates steam logging and machinery.