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“Great small museum DO NOT MISS the back permanent show!”

Grace Hudson Museum
Ranked #4 of 45 things to do in Ukiah
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Ukiah, California
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Great small museum DO NOT MISS the back permanent show!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Excellent restoration of American woman emeshed in the Native American culture. This is the real deal. Many artifacts and MANY art works. She's simply amazing.
Gives one a real local flavor as well.
Ms Hudson was so very prolific!!!

Visited August 2012
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Ukiah, California
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“Ukiah's world class small museum”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Give me one good reason to spend time in Ukiah? Well, locals can name a few good reasons but one you will never regret following through on is the Grace Hudson Museum. This museum has been rated one of the best small museums in California, and after a visit there you will readily understand why. The first thing to understand is that this museum is not only a beautifully professional display space which attracts first class traveling and local exhibitions, it also houses other unique attractions. You might only view the current exhibition and leave the museum highly satisfied, BUT you would have missed the fullest appreciation of the reason this museum carries the name Grace Hudson. In the back gallery, accessed through a short hallway, is the permanent exhibition of the paintings of Grace Hudson. The majority of these paintings depict the local Native American subjects the artist is renowned for, and they are truly wonderful. Pomo children, women and men, often with their pets and in their native attire, seem as glowingly alive in these wonderfully detailed and luminous paintings as they were in life 90 years ago. Also, neighboring the museum is the Hudson family home known as the Sun House, open for docent led tours. The house, largely of Grace's design, is maintained as it was in the Hudsons' time, and the personal stories told by the docents seem to bring the era and the family back to life. Not to be missed is a delightful little store just inside the entrance to the museum. It is stocked with a moderately priced and pleasing variety of Native American and other objects of art, historical and art books, and other items of interest. Adding to all of the above the fact that the museum staff is friendly, professional and well informed and it is hard not to conclude that this little museum is one of hidden jewels of Mendocino county.

Visited April 2013
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“Great little art museum”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

I'm no artist or critic regarding art... I know what I don't like - and I just don't get a colors splashed across the canvas as a display of talent. THIS art however is what *I* call art. Grace's art is simply beautiful - mostly depicting native american indians in everyday life. There is some other art there as well, but not to my taste.

Visited July 2013
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Caspar, California
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“Small town Museum Makes Good”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

This little museum, behind the modest house built by its namesake, offers a window into the life of the people who lived here before the europeans showed up. In May, 2013 it hosts a special exhibition of the Hupa, a tribe a few valleys to the north famous for their White Deer Dance. Sensitive to the issues of settlement and disenfranchisement, but not sentimental, and verfy informative. The permanent exhibit has artifacts and pictures by Grace and her husband from the time when an uneasy accommodation between the indigenous residents and the white newcomers. A small but gorgeous collection of Pomo basketry is another highlight.

Visited May 2013
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Eugene, Oregon
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“A talented woman ahead of her time”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

This museum shows paintings by Grace Hudson who was a talented, sensitive, and independent-minded woman who documented the local Native population with much skill and detail from a woman's point of view. By visiting the museum you also learn a lot about the local region as well as the history of Grace's family and her husband's family--all very interesting. We were fortunate enough to get a tour of their home from the museum curator, who shared many unique historical stories about their families.

Visited April 2013
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