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Historic London home, now a modern museum, reopens with open house

Posted on November 8, 2018 by Sonoma Valley Sun
Kristina Ellis, the tours and education manager, says the house was actually built by Charmian London to  one day become a museum.
Kristina Ellis, the tours and education manager, says the house was actually built by Charmian London to one day become a museum.

 

Fresh off a $1.5 million remodel, the House of Happy Walls — the historic home of Jack and Charmian London reimagined as a modern, interactive museum space — reopens November 10 with a fresh look and expanded museum space.

The new layout allows access to areas previoulsly off limits, like the dining room.
The new layout allows access to areas previoulsly off limits, like the dining room.

“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,” said Executive Director Tjiska Van Wyk.

 

Workers apply the finishing touches before the Nov. 10 ribbon cutting.
Workers apply the finishing touches before the Nov. 10 ribbon cutting.

The grand re-opening weekend features hikes, biking, lawn games, wine tasting and food and drink from local purveyors. A ribbon-cutting kicks things off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 10. Visit Jacklondonpark.com for more details.

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The twenty-two new exhibits highlight the London’s legacy, spanning more than his literary career to include: poverty and physical toil, political activism, worldwide adventure, animal rights, agricultural innovation and the moving story of love and partnership with his wife Charmian. Exhibits are designed to be multi-sensory with several interactive elements.

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The book store includes first editions, and new custom-printed issues of all the Jack London novels and collected stories.

 

 



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