History & Architecture


Fully functioning victorian job shop specializing in custom woodworking and custom millwork. Producers of fine architectural details for houses around the world. Masters of historic reproductions, including work for two governor's mansions, several historic cathedrals, and two presidents. Open for tours, year round. Blue Ox Millworks & Historic Park, One "X" Street, Eureka, CA 95501


"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence." - Abigail Adams


Clarke Historical Museum - 240 E. STREET - (707) 443-1947

Founded by Eureka High School teacher Cecile Clarke, the museum has been housed in the landmark Bank of Eureka building since 1960. The Clarke Museum proudly displays the rich history of Humboldt County, which includes vibrant Native American cultures, gold rush settlements, the lumber industry, prosperous ranching, farming and livelihoods wrung from the sea. Hours - (Monday - Closed ) - (Tues - Sat - 10am - 6pm) (Sun -11am - 4pm)

Morris Graves Museum of Art - 636 F. Street - (707) 442-0278

The Morris Graves Museum of Art, located at the corner of seventh and F streets in Eureka, is housed in the former Carnegie Free Library. California's first Free Library was established in Eureka on May 11, 1878 and was situated in this Carnegie Library building from 1904 to 1972. Hours  12pm - 5pm - Weds - Sunday.

Discovery Museum - 612 G. STREET - (707) 443-9694

Discovery Museum exhibits and programs promote hands-on, open-ended discovery in the areas of science, art, culture, technology, and healthy living. Our goal is to help youth expand their horizons and prepare for the future by fostering a passion for exploration and learning.

Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum - 77 Cookhouse Rd, Samoa, CA

Located in Samoa, California, a small town across Humboldt Bay from Eureka. The focus of the museum is the preservation and interpretation of its collection of artifacts, photographs, library archives and materials which relate principally to the maritime history of California's North Coast.

The Kinetic Museum - 518 A. STREET - (707) 786-3443

An Inside look at the 50 years of the Kinetic Grand Championship sculpture races, Free Admission, Open year round! 2:13P - 6:32P. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY .

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Fort Humboldt State Historic Park offers many exploration options. There are historic and reconstructed buildings; including the Fort Museum and a Logging Museum. Also be sure to check out the on-site Bookstore and outdoor logging machinery displays. There are picnic tables on a grassy bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay, and public restrooms. The park also includes a Logging Museum and open air displays of historic 19th-mid 20th century logging equipment including the Dolbeer Steam Donkey; “Lucy,” the Bear Harbor Lumber Company’s Gypsy Locomotive #1; and the Elk River Mill and Lumber Company’s #1 “Falk” locomotive. Fort Humboldt SHP is located just south of Eureka, California. Telephone - 707-445-6547 - Address - 3431 Fort Avenue Eureka, CA 95503 -Park Hours - Daily 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Take Highland Avenue off Highway 101, travel East one block.

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Old Town, one of the nation’s best preserved original Victorian era commercial districts

Old Town Eureka, Walking Tour down 2nd & 3rd St.


Eureka History has built an interactive map, you’ll find interesting architectural styles throughout Eureka dating back to 1850. This walk or driving tour will give you a glimpse of rich history that Eureka had during the “Boom” of the logging industry. The core of the district runs the length of First, Second, and Third Streets, between "C" and "M" Streets and includes many types of architecture from the 1850s to the present.