Renovated museum reopens at Jack London State Historic Park
After $1.5 million in improvements and updates, a renovated House of Happy Walls Museum will once again bring author Jack London back to life for visitors starting in November 2018 at Jack London State Historic Park, in Glen Ellen, in western Sonoma County.
With 22 new exhibits, the remodeled museum celebrates the adventurous and inspiring story of world-renowned author and adventurer Jack London and his wife, Charmian. The couple bought the property, which they called the Beauty Ranch, in 1905. The new exhibition explores London as a true pioneer of his time — a conservationist and feminist, organic farmer and humanitarian, and organizer of equality and opportunity.
“The new exhibits have been designed to inspire guests, especially young people, to live their life to the fullest by example of Jack’s amazing life of innovation and achievement,” says Tjiska Van Wyk, executive director of Jack London Park Partners, the nonprofit that manages the park.
Jack London State Historic Park offers more than 30 miles of trails on 1,400 acres of lush forests, redwood groves, meadows, and hills with breathtaking views. In addition to the House of Happy Walls Museum, you can tour the simple cottage where the Londons lived; pay respects at their graves; walk through the gorgeous ruins of an old stone winery; marvel over the “Pig Palace” — an innovative 1915 piggery designed by London; and explore the ruins of London’s planned 15,000-square-foot mansion, which burned to the ground a month before it was finished.