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Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum

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Address: 10933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone Number: 530-273-4255
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Great little museum

This is an excellent museum to take the kids to. Very informed guides, lots to see. Small enough to keep the kids' attention. Highly recommend

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Susanville, California
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Susanville, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is an excellent museum to take the kids to. Very informed guides, lots to see. Small enough to keep the kids' attention. Highly recommend

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Windsor, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

If you're interested in the history of gold mining in California, this is a place for you to visit. My cousin brought us there, he had never visited this very interesting museum either, and was shocked to see what a great bunch of exhibits this place has. Mostly I was surprised at how many of the old pieces of equipment... More 

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Penn Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I loved the full size Pelton wheel inside, and right in town, but it is small. Parking is right in front and usually plenty

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Really interesting seeing some of the old mining equipment move on demand. Someone was working who activated the moveable wheels, etc. Price is donations only and we both really enjoyed the museum. Pretty setting beside a creek that beckons for a picnic.

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Grass Valley
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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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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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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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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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