The Historic Carnegie Library 

The Historic Carnegie Library, now the Morris Graves Museum of Art, is a wonderful part of Humboldt County's past, present and future. Make your memories here...

Opened on January 1, 2000 as the Morris Graves Museum of Art, housed in the treasured Historic Carnegie Library is now the crown jewel of the arts community. The building gracefully houses seven premier galleries; a young artists' academy; a performance rotunda for music, dance and the literary arts; and the administrative offices of the Humboldt Arts Council.  

History of the Carnegie Library

After receiving a $20,000 Carnegie Library Grant in 1901, the Humboldt County library trustees held a competition and selected local architects Knowles Evans and B.C. Tarver of Eureka to design the building from red brick and Mad River granite exterior with two story solid redwood columns ringing a colorful tile mosaic floor in the domed Rotunda. The Carnegie Free Library in Eureka, California was built in Classical Revival Style in 1902.

The Library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 recognized both as a Carnegie Library and an example of Classical Revival architecture in a nearly-original condition.

In 1996, the Humboldt Arts Council began the Carnegie Restoration Project to save Eureka's historic building and transform it into a cultural center and regional art museum. 


The Morris Graves Museum of Art is the perfect space to host your next special event!

We are happy to offer our building to our members for weddings, receptions, private parties, recitals, classes,

business meetings and more.

Plan your next unforgettable event in this beautifully restored historic Carnegie building, surrounded by inspiring artworks in 7 galleries. The main floor Rotunda and Atrium are available for your event with a maximum capacity of 120 seated and 250 standing. You'll have access to all galleries (unless exhibitions are in transition), restrooms, a classroom with tables, elevator, and culinary center for your caterer.  Surrounding the building is a courtyard sculpture garden which can be utilized for outdoor events or to expand the space of your party.

Equipment included:

  • 16 4-foot diameter round tables
  • 14 6-foot rectangular tables
  • 120 chairs




Book your company holiday party, corporate retreat, luncheon, mixer, or special event in this gorgeous space!


Need a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding party photos or other special photo shoot?



For free performances only. If you are interested in presenting a ticketed or admission based performance, please inquire about a community partnership.




Birthday Parties

Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm 

(other times may be available upon request)

Birthday Parties Include:
2-hour Youth Classroom Birthday Party (including set-up/clean-up time), Museum Tour, 2 Hands-on Art Projects.

Two hands-on art projects, including all materials and instruction are part of every birthday party!
Projects can be tailored to fit your child's birthday party theme.

Families are responsible for set-up/clean-up of decorations and refreshments





Can you imagine a more perfect venue for your special day? Surround yourself with beauty in this historic, magnificent building. We will work closely with you to make sure the big day goes off without a hitch, and can work with your vendors and coordinators to ensure a perfect, seamless event you'll never forget.


Questions hosting your event at the Morris Graves Museum of Art?
Please call Alexandria Sullivan, Museum Manager at the Humboldt Arts Council at (707) 442-0278 x206, or email for more information.

Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Fax 707.442.2040

Museum Hours
12pm - 5pm Wednesday-Sunday

Humboldt Arts Council Office Hours
9am - 5pm Tuesday-Friday

$5 for adults;
$2 for seniors (age 65 and over) and students with ID;
children 17 and under free;
Museum members are free.

Thank You Museum Sponsors

•Schmidbauer Lumber Company
•Living Education & Arts Foundation
•Philip & Sally Arnot
•101 Things To Do