Places of Cultural and Natural Interest

The staff and volunteers at Fort Ross find these local places to be of interest regarding the cultural and natural history of Russian, Alaska Native, and California people and landscapes.

  • Sonoma Parks highlights many Sonoma County Parks and places of interest.
  • Museum of Russian Culture –   The museum and the Russian Center are located at the same address and are wonderful places to visit.
  • The Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society has exhibits on the local Pomo people.
  • Jesse Peter Museum at the Santa Rosa Junior College is an excellent source for studies on the Kashia people, and an amazing collection of baskets.  They have hands-on programs for students; you must make reservations.
  • The Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa features many aspects of Sonoma County History.
  • The Marin Museum of the American Indian – This museum is located on a Coast Miwok archaeological site and is a major repository for Coast Miwok artifacts. It features a permanent exhibit, ” Coast Miwok Indians: the First People of Marin.”
  • The Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah is also an excellent source of Kashia history with a large collection of basketry artifacts and other implements.
  • Kule Loklo at Point Reyes National Seashore is a re-created, interpretive pre-contact Coast Miwok village. It was built with native materials and tools using traditional Indian techniques.
  • The Oakland Museum often has exhibits on California history. In the past, they sponsored Crossroads of a Continent, an exhibit of Russian exploration.
  • In Sacramento the California State Indian Museum has good exhibits on the Indian people of that area and other areas. They have some Kashia basketry. They are located at Sutter’s Fort, which is a great place to visit since it is also tied to the Ross Settlement.
  • Holy Virgin Cathedral located at 6210 Geary Blvd. in San Francisco is a Russian Orthodox Church. If you have not been to a Russian Orthodox service it is worth the experience. The other Russian Orthodox Church in San Francisco is Holy Trinity Cathedral on Green St. and Van Ness Ave.
  • Visit the historic vessels at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and USS Pampanito submarine museum & memorial at Fisherman’s Wharf and discover your connection to San Francisco’s maritime heritage.