Phillips House Museum

The Phillips House Museum has reopened,
Sundays from 2-4.

Phillips House


The Phillips House Museum at 7th and Union Streets preserves the atmosphere of a typical farm house found in Arcata. As a living museum, Arcata’s best example of Greek Revival architecture shows the daily life an Arcata resident between 1854 and 1932.Phillips House plaque

During your visit, view the photographic display of Arcata from 1850 to 1950, visit second bedrooms from various time eras and learn of the building’s construction and its furnishings.

The Phillips House Museum is located on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Wiyot People, who continue to remain in close relationship to this land today. We acknowlege the painful history of genocide and the forced removal of the Wiyot people from their territory, and we encourage you to make a contribution to the Honor Tax:  

Highway 101 to Samoa Exit. East (toward the hills) on Samoa Blvd. to the traffic Roundabout. Half way around the Roundabout to Union Street. Two blocks on Union Street to 7th and Union. Phillips House is to your left. Handicap parking in front by entrance on Union.

Phillips House video by Gary Bloomfield, 2016

Phillips House story by Cindy Glover from KVIQ Channel 6 News, May 1993. Posted with permission.

A Farewell to Mugs

No two ways about it, I am a natural packrat. I see in collections. I may be attracted by color, form, big objects (I once had a gas pump from the 1920s) and little objects (teeny shells from local beaches) or a something for which I just know I can find a home. In former times, often the home was with me. Cue the house groaning. Misery loves company, as my grandmother used to say, and I’ll bet a cookie many of you know exactly what I mean. And you know how difficult it is to deaccession your collections.

Many mugs were acquired because they made me laugh in my darkest days of coping with PTSD. Regardless, mugs were boxed to go to thrift stores; a few had already gone when voila! I thought I might help Phillips House with an exhibit before I gave away this collection. So, here we are. I confess to adding some mugs (the half cups for example) to fill in gaps, but 99% of the mugs are from Those Boxes.

At the end of the exhibit, our annual Christmas Tea, mugs will be donated to Alec Howard’s mug program on the Plaza; a few, in unique, gift baskets by Linda Swinney, will be available for a donation. The money will go toward exterior maintenance.Thank You: Jeanette Cooper for timely, superb, curatorial assistance. The HSSA Board of Directors for your support. And Thank You for visiting Phillips House Museum.

Claudia Israel, Exhibit Curator

Publications to help plan your visit:

  • “Touring Arcata’s Architecture” 53 pages. History, maps, 3 easy walking tours with descriptions of 91 historic houses.
  • “The Plaza – Arcata, CA” by Susie Van Kirk. 38 pages. Map of the Plaza, history and architectural descriptions of 28 historic buildings, many still in business.
  • “From Victorian to Stucco” Nelson Baker Johansen, Arcata’s Master Builder. More than a calendar a biography gleaned from items from the Arcata Union Newspaper – 1896 to 1933. Photos and descriptions of 12 buildings by Architect-Builder Johansen. Historic and current photos of each building.
  • Other calendars featuring local architecture: 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

All materials $4.00 each plus $3.00 shipping and handling: $4.00 for 2 items, $6.00 for 3 to 5 items.