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Sacramento and Historic "Gold Rush" Towns

Alleghany Mining Museum (Sierra County)
Alleghany, CA 530-287-3223

The Underground Gold Miners Museum offers underground tours of California's oldest working gold mine.

Amador County Museum (Amador County)
225 Church St., Jackson, CA 95642 209-223-6386

The Amador County Museum is located in one of the town's oldest homes.  Displays depict the lifestyles of the early settlers.


Angels Camp Museum (Calaveras County)
753 South Main St., Angels Camp, CA 95222 209-736-2963
The Angels Camp Museum is located on Hwy 49. The museum displays items from the early days of Angels Camp. The Carriage Museum is also located there and includes historic carriages, photos, and mining equipment.
Bernhard Museum Complex (Placer County)
291 Auburn-Folsom Rd, Auburn, CA 95603 530-889-4156
The Bernhard Museum Complex includes the Bernhard Residence, a Winery and Carriage Barn – all built between 1851 and 1881. Tours illustrate family life on a nineteenth century farm.
Calaveras County Museum and Archives (Calaveras County)
30 North Main St., San Andreas, CA 95249 209-754-6513

The Calaveras County Museum complex includes displays of pioneer life in the 1800’s. Exhibits include the jail cell where Black Bart was held for stagecoach robbery.

California State Indian Museum (Sacramento)
2618 K St. Sacramento, CA 95816 916-324-0971
The California State Indian Museum is located at Sutter's Fort in downtown Sacramento.  It consists of Native American structures and includes artifacts and exhibits about California’s Native American groups.       
California State Mining and Mineral Museum (Mariposa County)
Mariposa, CA 95338 209-742-7625
The California State Mining and Mineral Museum is located at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.  The museum contains a large collection of gems, minerals and rocks.  It also includes a gold mining tunnel, which visitors can explore and a mining assay office.
California State Railroad Museum (Sacramento)
Corner of 2nd and "I' Streets, Sacramento, CA       916-445-6645 or 916-445-7387

Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum has both historic and unique attractions. Regarded as the country's most popular railroad museum, you'll find lavishly restored trains and engaging exhibits. Every weekend from April through September you can even ride behind a real steam locomotive.

Coarsegold Gold Gulch Mining Museum
35463 Highway 41, Coarsegold, CA 559-683-8727

The Gold Gulch Museum’s "old town display" includes the Dead Horse Saloon, a blacksmith shop, a mine shaft and sluicing areas.  It will definitely give you a feeling for the California gold rush and the spirit of the "49er's!"  

Downieville Museum (Sierra County)
330 Main St., Downieville, CA 95936 916-289-3423
Downieville was an old mountain mining camp.  The museum, located in an historic Gold Rush building, contains collections depicting life in the area from the Gold Rush days to the present.
El Dorado County Historical Museum (El Dorado County)
100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667 530-621-5865

The museum contains many exhibits relating to life in El Dorado County before and during the Gold Rush.  You’ll find excellent information on the Miwok, Maidu, and Washoe Indians, as well as a country store, old buggies and buckboards.

Emigrant Trail Museum (Nevada County)
12593 Donner Pass Rd. Donner, CA 530-582-7892
Located at Donner Memorial State Park, displays depict the history of the area, including the ill-fated Donner Party. A Pioneer Monument is located nearby.
Firehouse Museum No. 1 (Nevada County)
214 Main St., Nevada City, CA 95959 530-265-5468

This museum is located in the town's first firehouse, located in downtown Nevada City.  Displays include Victorian costumes, household items and pioneer tools.

Forest City Historical Association Museum (Sierra County)
Forest City, CA 530-287-3413
The museum contains artifacts from the barber shop and saloon that once occupied the first floor of the Forest City Dance Hall.  You’ll also find items from life in a 19th-century mining camp.
Forest Hill Divide Museum (Placer County)
24601 Harrison St., Foresthill, CA 95631 530-367-3988

This museum features exhibits on the rich mining history of the Placer County area.

Fountain and Tallman Soda Factory Museum (El Dorado County)
524 Main St., Placerville, CA 95667 530-626-0773
Gold Country Museum (Placer County)
1273 High St. Auburn, CA 530-889-4134
Located at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, this museum features exhibits on the Gold Rush and the history of gold mining.
Gold Discovery Museum Visitor Center (El Dorado County)
310 Back St., Coloma, CA 95613 530-622-3470

Coloma was an old mining camp.  The Gold Discovery Museum has excellent exhibits and artifacts from the California Gold Rush. There’s also an informative video, with park rangers who answer questions.

Golden Drift Museum (Placer County)
32820 Main St. Dutch Flat, CA 96714 530-389-2126
Dutch Flat was another old mountain mining town.  In addition to Gold Rush artifacts, exhibits illustrate the rise of the county's timber industry and the beginnings of the transcontinental railroad.

Golden State Museum (Sacramento)

1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814                                         916-653-5864

California's history and geography are highlighted by interactive exhibits. High tech productions are blended with authentic documents.  A replica of the Alhambra Theatre runs a montage of film clips showcasing the “spirit of California.”

Grass Valley Museum (Nevada County)
410 S. Church St. Grass Valley, CA 95945 530-272-4725
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 96118 530-993-6754
This is a small museum that features 19th-Century clothing, household goods and Indian artifacts.
Mariposa County Museum and History Center (Mariposa County)
5119 Jessie St, Mariposa, CA 95338 209-966-2924
The museum contains original documents and artifacts depicting life in Mariposa County from the migration of its first inhabitants to the Gold Rush. The grounds contain mining exhibits, an Indian Village, wagons, stages and buggies.

North Bloomfield Museum (Nevada County)
23579 N. Blomfield Rd., Nevada City, CA 95959 530-265-2740
Located in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, this museum contains materials about hydraulic mining, including a video presentation. You’ll also find artifacts, documents and photos illustrating the area’s mining history.
Northstar Mining Museum (Nevada County)
Hwy 20 and Mill St., Grass Valley, CA 95945 530-273-4255

The Northstar Mining Museum is State Historic Landmark #843. It contains a large display of mining equipment and artifacts from the 1880's.

Northern Mariposa County History Center (Mariposa County)

Highways 49 and 132, Coulterville, CA 209-878-3015
Old-Timers Museum (Calaveras County)
470 Main St., Murphys, CA 95247 209-728-1160
Placer County Museum (Placer County)
101 Maple St., Auburn, CA 95603 530-889-6500
This museum’s highlights include a holographic image of an gold miner, an historic Sheriff's Office and a Native American habitat display with a light and sound presentation.
Searls Historical Museum (Nevada County)
214 Church St., Nevada City, CA 95959 530-265-5910
Shenandoah Valley Museum (Amador County)
14430 Shenandoah Rd., Plymouth, CA 209-245-6554
The Shenandoah Valley Museum is a "must see!"  In addition to the museum, it includes an elegant historic house and absolutely spectacular gardens!  The museum especially highlights early farming and winemaking history, and is located in one of California's oldest wineries.

Sierra County Historical Park and Museum (Sierra County)
Highway 49, 1 mile east of Sierra City, CA 530-862-1310
This park is located on the site of the Kentucky Mine, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The museum contains documents, photographs and artifacts of life during the early days of Sierra County.
The Yosemite Museum (Yosemite National Park 95389, Mariposa County)



Tuolumne County Museum and History Center (Tuolumne Co.)

158 West Bradford Ave., Sonora, CA 95370 209-532-1317

Exhibits at this museum include the Tuolumne County Gold Collection, a collection of vintage firearms and artifacts from the early days of Tuolumne County.
Video History Museum (Nevada County)
        Central Ave (off Colfax), Grass Valley, CA 530-274-1126

This fascinating museum catalogs historical mining, logging and transportation videos.  It also includes videos on the development of Grass Valley and Nevada City, as well as displays of Native American, Chinese and railroad history. 

William Cavalier Museum (Tuolumne County)
Main St., Columbia, CA  
The Cavalier Museum is located in the old Knapp brick store in downtown Columbia.  It contains items from the city’s past such as mineral specimens, photos, books, coins, and guns.
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