Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Humboldt County  /  Trinidad  /  Trinidad Museum

Trinidad Museum, Trinidad

4.9
#8 of 10 in Museums in Humboldt County
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Create an itinerary including Trinidad Museum
Located off Main Street and Patrick's Point Drive at the entry way to the charming coastal village of Trinidad, is a newly rehabilitated circa 1899-1900 Victorian Italianate bungalow. The Sangster-Watkins-Underwood home, donated by the family of Ernie and Gwyneth Susan, descendants of the original owners, was moved from its site near Trinidad State Beach to land donated by Glenn and Janis Saunders in September 2006.

Now the beautifully renovated home, with five exhibit rooms and a display preparation and storage room, will open to the public in 2009. There will be Native American exhibits featuring the redwood canoe carved from one log by Axel Lindgren, exquisite Indian baskets, implements, regalia and a magnificent mural painted by Susan Morton of the old Tsurai Village site above Old Home Beach. Other rooms will feature natural history, historic photographs from the Katie Boyle and Gwyneth Susan collections and a Heritage Room recreating an early twentieth century kitchen.

The Trinidad Museum was founded in 1983 and has been housed in a small, inconspicuous gear shed since then. Splendid collections have been acquired over the years with inadequate space to show all of them properly. Now, there will be room for beautifully displayed acquisitions and interpretative narratives. Trinidad's rich cultural and natural history, with emphasis on Tsurai Village, Yurok traditions, European contact, the Gold Rush, whaling, fishing, shipping, logging, transportation, Trinidad Head light house, and commerce, will be told in a Trinidad home which is an historic exhibit itself.

A native plant garden, vernal pond, and pathways have been nurtured by a dedicated landscaping and garden committee and will surround Trinidad Museum with natural beauty. Later, Trinidad Library and Saunders Park will complete this oasis of learning, reflection, serenity, and beauty.
Plan to visit Trinidad Museum during your Trinidad vacation using our convenient Trinidad road trip planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including Trinidad Museum

Trinidad Museum reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
16 reviews
Google
4.9
TripAdvisor
  • What a great museum with many interesting displays on Trinidad history and culture. Staff was very knowledgeable and eager to answer any and all questions. Make sure to walk around the native plant.....  more
    What a great museum with many interesting displays on Trinidad history and culture. Staff was very knowledgeable and eager to answer any and all questions. Make sure to walk around the native plant.....  more »
  • Another Trinidad hidden gem! Just a few small exhibits, but all are well done and nicely displayed. I saw an exhibit about the Lady Bird Johnson Grove, one about mushrooms, and one about the native... 
    Another Trinidad hidden gem! Just a few small exhibits, but all are well done and nicely displayed. I saw an exhibit about the Lady Bird Johnson Grove, one about mushrooms, and one about the native...  more »
Google
  • Lovely local Museum with a very helpful well-informed guide. Must see in Trinidad.
  • Definitely worth visiting, not a huge museum but friendly, knowledgeable staff and loaded with details about native peoples, natural history/geology, and the development of Trinidad as well as the nearby parks. Really enjoyed the large exhibit of Yurok woven caps, baskets, etc, beautiful patterns ("friendship/snake nose"!). The sea creature exhibit is a helpful guide for visiting beach combers (what's a... chiton?) as is the numbered local mineral and rock ID key, very cool. Lots for history buffs, too. Nice that it's free, but don't forget the donation box by the door :) Can easily spend an hour+ just reading about those here first and keying out the many lovely stones.

Plan your trip to Trinidad

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.