House of Happy Walls getting a makeover
The House of Happy Walls at Jack London State Park officially closed to the public on Jan. 29 to begin a multi-million dollar renovation and installation of new exhibits. The design, fabrication, and installation of exhibits is anticipated to be completed by the end of May with hopes that the “new” museum will re-open to the public in early June. In the meantime, the cottage will function as the main visitor center. Cottage fees will be waived, hours extended to 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the retail area expanded, and staffing levels increased to accommodate guests.
Executive Director Tjiska Van Wyk said that the new layout for the museum includes exhibit areas that represent key contributions and aspects of the London’s lifestyle, such as Jack’s contribution to literature, innovations in agriculture, observations made through adventure and discovery, and the rise to fame despite the challenges of his early upbringing. The upper floor will be devoted to telling Charmian’s story as a trailblazer as well as the partnership and love she shared with Jack. Exhibit elements will be interactive to create meaningful and influential experiences that inspire visitors to leave with a resolution to live their life to the fullest.