The Del Norte County Historical Society is dedicated towards preserving the history of the county for present and future generations. Established in 1965, it operates a museum in Crescent City and also the Battery Point Lighthouse, which is located on a small island few hundred feet from the shore of connected by an isthmus. The museum is located in the city's former City Hall of Records, which was built in 1926 and also housed a jail until 1963.
The museum's collections include Native American artifacts (including one of the best collections of Native American baskets in Northern California), musical instruments, old radios, phonographic and photographic equipment, early logging and mining tools, and furniture. A few of the original jail cells remain and these are used as exhibit space. The museum also features an exhibit on the devastating 1964 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which interestingly did not destroy the lighthouse. Visitors can also conduct research using the museum's thousands of documents and photographs.