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Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum

Address: 10933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone Number: 530-273-4255
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Ranked #4 of 20 Attractions in Grass Valley
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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Grass Valley
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A lot of interactive artifacts from the 1800 hundreds, including a 30 foot Pelton wheel A must see for anyone interested in the history of gold mining in Nevada County

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

There was a wealth of information on gold mining operations in this museum from both the guide and explained in signage. There were unique pieces of equipment and most of them were demonstrated. There is a balancing rock art display in the creek that is truly fascinating. They have the largest Pelton Water Wheel in America.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I've driven by before but waessed with the outside thinking there was not much inside. I took a chance and once in the door was greeted by friendly and knowledgeable docents. There was life size dioramas of mining life and cases of tools and artifacts. Toward the end of the museum you take steps down to a huge area with... More 

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Rialto, California
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23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The museum contains extensive mining artifacts. While I am not a "mining buff", I appreciated the collection. It is different from the Empire Mine so be sure to visit both places.

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Northern California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I was priviledged to have a private tour by Dick, one of the volunteer docents. First, the building is THE actual building used as the North Star Power House. It is beautiful stone with arch-topped windows. The walls are very thick so even when it is over 100 degrees outside, it is very cool inside. The strength of this museum... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Not good for those who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Docents are knowledgeable and eager to share information on the equipment and history of the area. Gives you a real appreciation of the hard work required to extract the gold from the ground using the equipment they had available.

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Grass Vallkey, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Lots of mining equipment and history of gold mining in Grass Valley. On a hill, and long flight of stairs, so not advisable for those who have difficulty with either.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

They have really nice old relics from the gold mining days. The docent were very eager to assist and share local knowledge. Seeng the Pelton wheel in operation was awesome along with the Cornish pump outside. Bring a few quarters to see the demo. It is worth it!

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Grass Valley, California
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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This mining museum contains many exhibits and relics of the gold mining days in Nevada County. The 30ft. diameter Pelton wheel is housed in the main building that was once the power house for the mine. The museum is staffed by knowledgable volunteers.

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san francisco
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26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Largest Pelton wheel in existence. The volunteers and displays can tell you all about it! They have wonderful older enthusiastic volunteers/docents who can turn on the machinery for you and explain it all! In addition, there is more mining memorabilia than I ever thought possible. It is the third mine in the area (Malakoff, Empire Mine are the others), but... More 

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