How to Spend a Great Day at the Healdsburg Museum

Little girl exploring the Healdsburg Museum

The beautiful city of Healdsburg, California, is known for its picturesque landscape, acclaimed restaurants, and of course, world-class wine. What was once a simple farm town has now evolved into a renowned Wine Country destination. Its quaint downtown Plaza draws residents and visitors together to shop, socialize, and celebrate. But what many don’t know is that this area also has a rich and fascinating past, and guests can discover it all right at the Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society!

Founded in 1976, this institution has quickly become one top Sonoma County museum. It strives to educate visitors about Healdsburg history through exhibits, programs, tours, and community services. With over 100 dedicated volunteers, the museum is an active part of the Healdsburg community. It’s also a fabulous place to spend the afternoon.

Visiting the Healdsburg Museum is just one great thing to do on a Sonoma County getaway with us. For more information on Healdsburg points of interest, download our free Sonoma County vacation guide!

What You’ll See at the Healdsburg Museum

Whether you’re a history buff, Healdsburg native, or are simply passing through, this museum has something for everyone. And if you’re staying with us, it’s just a 5-minute drive from your room at the Honor Mansion! Here are some of the incredible things you’ll discover at the Healdsburg Museum.

Museum Artifacts

The artifacts at the Healdsburg Museum include historic materials that give guests insight into the city and its past. Guests can view a variety of Pomo and Wappo Indian items including baskets, stone tools, and ethnographic research materials from the tribes.

Guests will also find artifacts and uniforms from local men and women who served in the Armed Forces. Paintings, furniture, and household items can be found throughout the museum. You’ll also find architectural remnants including the original doorknob from City Hall and floor plans of historic buildings. You’re sure to stumble upon something fascinating no matter what your interests are!

Museum Collections

From artifacts and newspapers to maps and photographs, the Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society collection showcases the rich history of northern Sonoma County. It is one of the finest regional collections in California. Documents, local history and genealogy books, and city records are available for use in the Research Center. And, the entire Healdsburg Museum photos collection of over 18,000 photos is available online.

A touch-screen computer station in the gallery allows visitors to explore architectural aspects of Healdsburg history, review photos, examine artifacts, learn about iconic figures, and enjoy film clips of the city. Guests can even partake in an animated 3-D tour of the historic Plaza, so you can “stroll” through town on a rainy day!

Explore Healdsburg History at the Honor Mansion

In the heart of the Alexander Valley, our beautiful bed and breakfast is conveniently located less than a mile from the Healdsburg Museum and downtown Healdsburg. When you stay with us, you can experience our historic city firsthand! After a day at the museum or on the town, head back to our inn and relax away from the hustle and bustle of town. With a long list of complimentary amenities, comfortable rooms, and serene grounds, we guarantee that your stay will be restful, rejuvenating, and the perfect escape. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!