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Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum

10933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-273-4255
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Grass Valley
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Jul 15, 2014
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English first
Northern California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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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 attraction reviews
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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
28 helpful votes 28 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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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This site pulls items from the years North Star House was a working mine. This was its power house. Now it houses photos, Pelton wheels, mining materials, old gear, and other treasures. Bring a picnic (try the goodies from Back Porch Market at 135 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley, CA 95945!) and eat by the creek...the old powerhouse creek.

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Petaluma, California
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25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

When touring the Gold Country this is a must see as well as other mine museums in the area. Lots of history, very easy to go through.

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Solana Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We were fortunate to have docent "Tony" who is a retired engineer spend time with us explaining the history of the equipment and chemical processes and show us displays of stamping/crushing, dynamite packing, drilling, etc. The models are fabulous in helping to visualize the large pieces of equipment on hand. I think if you just walk in and out of... More

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Grass Valley, CA
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8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The museum is small and nice. Pack a lunch so you can check out the museum and then enjoy a picnic out back by the creek. There's a nice little park back there that you can drive by and not even know it's there. A nice little "locals only" secret.

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