Ages: 6 and up
Parking: Yes - street
Features: Shop, Restrooms
The McHenry Museum began it's life as Modesto's library, but has since become a living, breathing visual archive of Modesto's rich history. The curators have collected a vast array of early photographs and documents, but have also constructed a replica of a turn-of-the-century Modesto street, complete with dentist office, blacksmith shop and general store. Yet another permanent exhibit features paintings by Virgil W. "Bill" West, which illustrate what life was like on cattle ranches in early California. The Changing Exhibit area currently features a collection of vintage holiday decor and other small furniture pieces from the McHenry Mansion, which is presently closed for reconstruction after a December 2011 fire.
While all ages are welcome, due to the "look but don't touch" nature of this museum, the McHenry museum may be more appropriate for visitors aged 6 and up.
Hours of operation: Sunday-Friday, 12-4pm; closed Saturday.
Reviewed on 12/19/2011
As an adult, what I appreciate the most about the museum is its accessibility... Not only are the exhibits very informative, the admission is entirely free. (Donations, of course, are accepted and very much appreciated.)
Students with a need for a touchstone of Modesto's history will find a wealth of information at McHenry Museum in both its exhibits and its docents.
Upstairs is a large room devoted to the region's history:...more
Reviewed on 08/09/2011
Great local Museum with Modesto history. Nice place to take your kids to learn more about their town or local town.