Past Exhibits

ImagesSlide48.jpgUnsheltered: Commercial Fishing out of Trinidad
The history of commercial fishing in Trinidad, California is a rich one. It is a tale full of storms, danger, hardship, success, community, competition, skill, and luck. The story is enriched by a cast of characters one could not make up, even with the wildest of imaginations. On Display Until May 2016

bruffsketchJ. Goldsborough Bruff Sketches
A collection of J. Goldsborough Bruff’s sketches of Humboldt County created in 1851 during the Gold Rush. Displayed are a selection of coast line images, the Tsurai village, and a self-portrait. On Display Until Spring 2015

trinidad_lighthouse1Trinidad Lighthouse 1871-Present
This exhibit details the history of the lighthouse on Trinidad Head and features photographs from the collections of Humboldt State Uiversity, Humboldt County Historical Society, Trinidad Museum Society, and the U.S. Cost Guard. On Display Until December 2014

Lee Taylor Walashek’s Landscape Paintingswalashek2
The museum is honored to show a selection of local artist Lee Taylor Walashek’s landscape paintings. A native to the area, Walashek portrays scenes from Humboldt County, particularly the scenic town of Trinidad. On Display Until Spring 2014

roberts_1923Photographs of Native Americans of Northwest California
Historic photographs from the golden age of Indian photographs (1870-1929) are featured. Women photographers are highly represented in the photographs of Emma Freeman, Grace Nicholson, Nellie McGraw, and Ruth Roberts. The exhibition includes a sampling of original tintypes, postcards, and master-prints. On Display Until Fall 2013

lara-dress4A Contribution to Prayer
This exhibition is a small portion of an intricate collection of magnificent traditional and contemporary works by Callie Lara over many years. These are traditional and contemporary pieces for the ceremonies of the Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk tribes. On Display Until March 2013

BrizardBaskets1Made for the Trade
The “Made for the Trade” exhibition explores local Native American baskets and changes that occurred through making them for sale and trade outside of the Indian community. The ““Indian curio trade” redefined baskets as art. Major weavers and collectors/interpreters are emphasized.

CrannellmillCrannell: A Company Town, 1906-1969
Historic photographs and maps from Humboldt County documenting the growth and decline of Crannell, a Humboldt County lumbering town, from 1906-1969. Images depict the development and progress of the types of communities that manifested within company towns during the early 20th century. On Display Until October 2012

QueenJamesHighlights of the Trinidad Museum’s Basket Collections
A collection of baskets and other cultural objects from local tribes including Yurok, Karuk, Wiyot, Hupa, and Tolowa. A Queen James ceremonial cap, Jump dance basket and sash, gambling basket, and eel hook with Frog’s Head design are some of the items highlighted in this exhibit. On Display Until April 2012

kemp-drawingMartha Kemp’s Botanical Drawings
The Trinidad Museum is pleased to exhibit graphite pencil drawings by local artist, Martha Kemp. This collection depicts intimately detailed sketches of Humboldt County plant life. On Display Until January 2012

whalingTrinidad Whaling Station, 1920-1927
A collection of photographs featuring the history of the Trinidad Whaling Station, in operation from 1920-1927. The images included in the show focus on the men who made their living inthe Whaling trade. On Display Until December 2011

house_museumImages of America: Trinidad
This new exhibit features a selection of images from over 200 vintage photographs included in the book and shows key moments from more than a century of Trinidad’s history. The photographs included in Images of America: Trinidad have never before been easily accessible to the public.

house_museumOur New Trinidad Museum
This exhibit conveys, through photographs, the historical significance of families associated with the structure of the new Trinidad Museum and the family associated with the land the museum now occupies. The exhibit also shows the evolution of the Trinidad Museum from its founding in 1983 located on Trinity Street to its present centrally located site on Janis Court.