Visitors have a surprising number of activities to choose from when visiting this historic Mendocino landmark. In addition to the lighthouse itself, many other original structures on the property were restored, and now serve as museums. The 1stAssistant Lighthouse Keeper’s residence has been restored as a period museum, open to the public to view a slice of life in this unique setting. Small touches add a feel for the regimented life these people lived – in the residence, for example, you can see that the light fixture has four bulbs, while the same fixture in the Head Lighthouse Keeper’s residence has five, and that of the 2nd Assistant has only three. In the nearby blacksmith shop you can learn more about the marine organisms that make their home in the nearby ocean and intertidal zone, including a baleen exhibit, abalone, and more.
The lower level of the lighthouse itself has been turned into a museum showcasing the maritime culture of the early Mendocino Coast, including an exhibit on the wreck of the Frolic, a ship that crashed into the point in 1850 and set off the expansion into the Mendocino Coast. Pre-history is also covered here, looking at the native Mitom Pomo, who utilized the land the lighthouse now sits on as a foraging point.