Gold Country Museums

Alleghany Mining Museum (Sierra County)
        POBox 1621 Alleghany, Cal, 95910530/287-3223
The Underground Gold Miners Museum is currently under development and will offer visitors a look at an historic drill collection, a 3-D mine model, aerial tramway exhibit, and displays of hard-rock mining from the 19th century to present. Underground tours of California's oldest working gold mine, the Original Sixteen to One Mine, are available.
 
Amador County Museum (Amador County)
        225 Church St., Jackson, Cal 95642209/223-6386
Located in the town of Jackson, the Amador County Museum occupies one of the town's oldest homes, which was built by Armstead C. Brown in 1859. Amongst the fifteen exhibit rooms are displays which highlight such topics as: Indians of North America; Quilts and Sewing; a Vintage School Room; and other aspects of the lifestyles of the early settlers. Scale models of the North Star Mine stamp mill, the Kennedy Mine Tailing Wheel No. 2, and the Kennedy Mine headframe are also located on the museum grounds.
 
Angels Camp Museum (Calaveras County)
        753 South Main St. Angels Camp, Cal 95222209/736-2963
The Angels Camp Museum is located right on Hwy 49 in Angels Camp. The museum holds many items of interest from the early days of Angels Camp and the surrounding areas, while the grounds hold some of the larger mining exhibits. Another part of the complex is the Carriage Museum which holds an impressive display of historic carriages, photos, and mining equipment.
 
Bernhard Museum Complex (Placer County)
        291 Auburn-Folsom Rd, Auburn, Cal 95603530/889-4156
Located in the town of Auburn, the museum complex includes the Bernhard Residence, built in 1851, a stone Winery building circa 1874, a Wine Processing building circa 1881, and a reconstructed Carriage Barn. Tours of the residence are available and show what family life was like on a nineteenth century farm.
 
Bohemia Mountain Museum (Oregon)
Discover the exciting History of Gold Mining in the Bohemia Mountain area of Oregon 1864 to present. We are preserving the history of mining and promoting our Gold Mining Museum.
 
Calaveras County Museum & Archives (Calaveras County)
        30 North Main St., San Andreas, Cal 95249209/754-6513
Located in the town of San Andreas, the Calaveras County Museum complex includes a series of displays of pioneer nineteenth century life in the Mother Lode. Exhibits include the geology of the Gold Country, artifacts of the Miwok Indians, early mining items, photographs, and the jail cell where Black Bart was held to await trial for stagecoach robbery.
 
California State Indian Museum
        2618 K St. Sacramento, Cal 95816916/324-0971
Located on the grounds of Sutter's Fort in downtown Sacramento, the California State Indian Museum consists of Native American structures built in an outdoor demonstration area, along with many artifacts inside the museum, including basketry, beadwork, clothing and exhibits about various California Native American groups.
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California State Mining & Mineral Museum (Mariposa County)
        POBox 1192, Mariposa, Cal 95338209/742-7625
Located on the grounds of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, on the outskirts of Mariposa, the California State Mining & Mineral Museum holds a fabulous collection of gems, minerals and rocks assembled by the California State Department of Conservation. Also on display is an authentic replica of a gold mining tunnel which visitors can wind their way through, a reproduction of a mining assay office and a working model of a stamp mill. Gems and minerals are also available for sale at the gift shop.
 
Coarsegold Gold Gulch Mining Museum
         35463 Highway 41, Coarsegold, Cal(559) 683-8727
A visit to the Gold Gulch Mining Museum will give you a feel for the California gold rush. The Gold Gulch Museum strives to keep the legacy and spirits of the "49er's" alive. Today the Gold Gulch Museum "old town" includes the Dead Horse Saloon, a blacksmith shop, buggy rental, assay and claims office, a mine shaft and slucing areas.
 
Downieville Museum (Sierra County)
        330 Main St., Downieville, Cal 95936916/289-3423
Located in an historic Gold Rush building in the mountain mining camp of Downieville, the Museum contains a number of informative collections that depict life in this area from the Gold Rush days to the present. Mining tools, Indian artifacts, household articles, and lodge regalia are all well represented.
 
El Dorado County Historical Museum (El Dorado County)
        100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, Cal 95667530/621-5865
Located in Placerville, on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, the museum contains many exhibits relating to life in the local area before the Gold Rush. Information regarding the Miwok, Maidu, and Washoe Indians make up several of the exhibits, along with mining displays featuring items from the Gold Rush. A country store, old buggies, buckboards, and a Diamond & Caldor Shay steam engine used for hauling flat cars are also on the grounds.
 
Emigrant Trail Museum (Nevada County)
        12593 Donner Pass Rd. Donner, Cal530/582-7892
Located at Donner Memorial State Park, the museum features displays which depict the history of the area and the people who came into the area. Of course, the most famous people to come into the area were the members of the ill-fated Donner Party. A Pioneer Monument and the Murphy family cabin site are located near the museum.
 
Firehouse Museum No. 1 (Nevada County)
        214 Main St., Nevada City, Cal 95959530/265-5468
Located in downtown Nevada City, this museum occupies the town's first firehouse. Displays include Victorian costumes and household items, pioneer tools, and items previously owned by the towns early mining citizens.
 
Forest City Historical Association Museum (Sierra County)
        Forest City, Cal530/287-3413
Located in the Forest City Dance Hall, the museum contains artifacts from the barber shop, saloon and billiard hall that once occupied the first floor of the historic Dance Hall. Also on display are mining implements, a Pelton wheel, gold scales, and other items from the everyday life of a 19th-century mining camp.
 
Forest Hill Divide Museum (Placer County)
        24601 Harrison St., Foresthill, Cal 95631530/367-3988
The Forest Hill Divide Museum is located in the town of Forest Hill, in an area rich in mining history. Early mining camps in the area had such colorful names as Deadwood, Bath, and Last Chance. The museum features exhibits on mining and on the history of the area.
 
Fountain & Tallman Soda Factory Museum (El Dorado County)
        524 Main St., Placerville, Cal 95667530/626-0773
 
Gold Country Museum (Placer County)
        1273 High St. Auburn, Cal530/889-4134
The Gold Country Museum features exhibits on the Gold Rush and the history of gold mining. It is located at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.
 
Gold Discovery Museum Visitor Center (El Dorado County)
        POBox 265 - 310 Back St., Coloma, Cal 95613530/622-3470
Located in the old mining camp of Coloma, the Gold Discovery Museum offers information, exhibits, and artifacts relating to the gold discovery and the California Gold Rush. A video presentation is also available, as well as park rangers to answer any questions. The museum grounds contain numerous mining exhibits comprised of the different kinds of equipment used by the miners in their search for gold.
 
Golden Drift Museum (Placer County)
        32820 Main St. Dutch Flat, Cal 96714530/389-2126
Located in the mountain mining town of Dutch Flat, the museum's exhibits focus primarily on the region's rich heritage concerning the boom days of hydraulic mining, the rise of the county's timber industry, and the birth of the transcontinental railroad.
 
Grass Valley Museum (Nevada County)
        410 S Church St. Grass Valley, Cal 95945530/272-4725
Located in the Old Mt. St. Mary's Academy in Grass Valley, which was erected in 1863 to house an orphanage run by Irish Sisters of Mercy, the museum contains many artifacts from the Victorian era. Other displays include a Gold Rush Classroom and an early doctor's office.
 
Loyalton Museum (Sierra County)
        A24 Beckwith Road, Loyallton, CA 96118530/993-6754
Located in the Loyalton Community Hall, the displays in this small museum feature 19th-Century clothing and housewares, wooden skis, handmade farm implements, Indian artifacts, and a logging steam engine.
 
Mariposa County Museum & History Center
        5119 Jessie St, Mariposa, Cal 95338209/966-2924
Located in the town of Mariposa, the museum contains an excellent collection of original documents, artifacts and art work depicting the people and life in Mariposa County from the migration of its first inhabitants through the Indian and Spanish periods to the events of the Gold Rush. In addition, the museum grounds contain mining exhibits, an Indian Village, the old Mariposa Gazette Building, wagons, stages, and buggies from the old days.
 
North Bloomfield Museum (Nevada County)
        23579 N. Blomfield Rd., Nevada City, Cal 95959530/265-2740
Located in Cummins Hall, town of North Bloomfield, in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, this museum shares one of the historic buildings in North Bloomfield with the Ranger's office. Displays include a look at the history of hydraulic mining in the region, and also a video presentation of hydraulic mining in action. Many historic artifacts, documents, photos and relics from the town's mining heyday are on display.
 
Northstar Mining Museum (Nevada County)
        Hwy 20 and Mill St., Grass Valley, Cal 95945530/273-4255
Located in Grass Valley, the Northstar Mining Museum is also State Historic Landmark #843. The museum holds a large display of mining equipment and artifacts from the 1880's, such as a cornish pump, a stamp mill and the world's largest Pelton Wheel, built by A.D. Foote in 1895.
 
Northern Mariposa County History Center (Mariposa County)
        Hwys 49 & 132 in Coulterville209/878-3015
 
Old-Timers Museum (Calaveras County)
        470 Main St., Murphys, Cal 95247209/728-1160
 
Placer County Museum (Placer County)
        101 Maple St., Auburn, Cal 95603530/889-6500
Located in the town of Auburn, on the first floor of the Placer County Courthouse, the museum highlights include a holographic image of an early miner, a restored Sheriff's Office, and a Native American habitat complete with a light and sound presentation.
 
Searls Historical Museum (Nevada County)
        214 Church St., Nevada City, Cal 95959530/265-5910
 
Shenandoah Valley Museum (Amador County)
        14430 Shenandoah Rd., Plymouth, Cal209/245-6554
Located in Plymouth, this is a museum about early farm history and winemaking that is part of a California Historical Landmark. Housed in one of California's oldest wineries.
 
Sierra County Historical Park & Museum (Sierra County)
        POBox 260, Sierra City, Cal 96125
         Hwy 49, 1 mile east of Sierra City
530/862-1310
Located on the site of the Kentucky Mine (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) in Sierra City, the Sierra County Historical Park includes an excellent museum featuring documents, photographs, and artifacts concerning the life and times of early day Sierra County. The grounds include a working stamp mill, mine tunnel, blacksmith shop and trestle from the mine to the stamp mill.
 
The Yosemite Museum, National Park Service
        Yosemite National Park, CA 95389209/372-0281, 0282 & 0297
 
Tuolumne County Museum & History Center (Tuolumne County)
        POBox 299, 158 West Bradford Ave., Sonora, Cal 95370209/532-1317
Located in Sonora, exhibits include the Tuolumne County Gold Collection, an extensive collection of vintage firearms and paraphernalia, photos and artifacts from the early days of Tuolumne County. Books on local history and limited edition reprints of old lithographs are available for purchase.
 
Video History Museum (Nevada County)
        Central Ave, off Colfax, Ave. Grass Valley, Cal530/274-1126
The museum catalogs historical mining, logging and transporation industry video footage along with clips concerning the developing towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Displays of Native American, Chinese, and Railroad History are also presented.
 
William Cavalier Museum (Tuolumne County)
         Main St., Columbia, Cal 
Located in the old Knapp brick store in downtown Columbia, the Cavalier museum hold an interesting array of items from Columbia's past. Mineral specimens, photos, books, lithographs, coins, tokens, guns and many other relics from the mining days are carefully displayed for visitors to enjoy.
 

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