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Placer County Historical Museum

Address: Auburn, CA
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Auburn
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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950 reviews 950 reviews
460 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Free museum! It's small, but quite informative, and the person working there was friendly. It talks about more than just the gold mining aspect and goes into the highways coming in and technology as well. Take a few minutes to see what it's all about!

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is a terrific museum for people who are interested in the history of the Auburn/Sacramento area and the people who came here to forge a new life. You'll be glad you came. And it is free!

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San Rafael, California
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180 reviews 180 reviews
65 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are curious about the gold rush and the 49ers you have to see this museum. It will give you that special walk through history like no other can.

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The museum currator is very nice and will even show you more photos of how the town was back then. Best of all its Free.

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San Ramon, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This small museum is delightful. Our kids loved it and actually asked to visit the museum a second time. A lot of it had to do with the great friendly staff. We highly recommend this museum.

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Upland, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Make the time to visit the museum in the historical courthouse. It really helped us to understand the surrounding area and Hwy 49 much better.

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Meadow Vista, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is the main Historical Museum for Placer County. It has an overview of the history from prehistoric fossils to the building of roads over the Sierras that pass through town. Native Americans, Gold Rush Days, settlement, communication, transportation, it's all there. Historic Sheriff's Office down the hall, and a women's jail cell under the stairs, lots to see. One... More 

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Monterey Park, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Located in the County Courthouse, I especially liked the painting done by Kinkade. They also have a vault with gold in it....since Auburn is a mining town. There is also a room where a policeman was known for solving a lot of crimes/murders in the town. All the paperwork is still on the bulletin board. Finally, you can self guide... More 

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Modesto, California
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

The museum is small, but has a number of interesting exhibits from the history of Placer County. My kids enjoyed playing with the old phones and checking out the exhibits.

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Auburn, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

The museum is located in the Placer County Courthouse which is an interesting building in itself. The museum has much to offer guests interested in the California Gold Rush Era. At the time I visited it was free with donations accepted. On Saturday mornings at 10 AM there is usually a free historical walk of Old Auburn.

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