Ukiah’s Grace Hudson Museum is an art, history and anthropology museum focusing on the lifeworks of artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937) and her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857-1936). Changing interdisciplinary exhibitions and public programs feature Western American art, California Indian cultures, histories of California’s diverse North Coast region, and the work of contemporary regional artists.
The Grace Hudson Museum provides ever-changing experiences in regional art and culture in the tradition of an extraordinary family.
Since its inauguration in 1986, the Grace Hudson Museum has become an increasingly important cultural and educational resource for Northern California. The Museum’s collections consist of more than 30,000 inter-related objects, with significant holdings of Pomo Indian artifacts (particularly basketry) ethnographic field notes, unpublished manuscripts, historic photographs and the world’s largest collection of Grace Hudson paintings.
The Museum’s exhibitions and public programs are thematically shaped by, and linked to, its collections with their focus on Western art, history and anthropology. The Museum also houses a gift store with exhibition-related merchandise and high quality books, children’s items, local crafts and t-shirts. The Museum sits on the four acre Hudson-Carpenter Park containing picnic tables shaded by ancient oaks and a basketry garden featuring the plants used by Pomo Indian weavers to create their baskets.
The Sun House, the Hudsons’ charming 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow home, is adjacent to the Museum. It is interpreted for the public with docent led tours leaving from the Museum. Designed by John and Grace Hudson and furnished with the Hudsons’ eclectic possessions, the Sun House allows visitors a glimpse into their Bohemian lifestyle.
The Grace Hudson Museum is a division of the City of Ukiah’s Community Services department. The City owns and operates the Museum with a professional staff and the support of the Sun House Guild.
The Sun House is California Historical Landmark #926 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Hours Open: Wed – Sat 10:00 – 4:30 PM; Sunday Noon – 4:30 PM; Closed Major Holidays
For More Information, Contact:
Grace Hudson Museum
The Sun House, 431 S. Main, Ukiah, CA 95482
707-467-2836 · fax 707-467-2835