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Address: 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA 95667
Phone Number: 530-621-5865
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This history museum of this Gold Rush community displays old mining tools...

This history museum of this Gold Rush community displays old mining tools and railroad equipment.

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I'm reviewing the volunteers in the research room. I dropped by the research room today hoping to find information on an ancestor who lived in the area during the mid-1800's. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 8, 2015
Bob B
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

I'm reviewing the volunteers in the research room. I dropped by the research room today hoping to find information on an ancestor who lived in the area during the mid-1800's. I had only a few references to work from. The personnel in the research room could not have been more helpful. Even though I just showed up, 4 or 5... More 

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Placerville, California
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Small indoor museum. Large outdoor museum. Lots for train and mine enthusiasts. Lots of geneaology info. Old, original newspapers. Cemetary info. Volunteers are very knowledgable and helpful.

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Thank big2dan
Placerville, California
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225 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

El Dorado County Museum - Placerville, CA - Is a great place for the whole family. Located next to the Fairgrounds, it is full of interesting historic information and items about the county, Placerville and the Gold Rush. Lots to see and do and enjoy.

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Thank DaisyS01
Placerville, CA
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Went last Saturday and was delighted to get a docent led tour from a very knowledgeable man. Got to see all the stuff inside and outside where they keep a Shay under wraps during restoration.

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Thank Shafsky
Placerville, California
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

the museum maybe small but its huge in history of hangtown and the gold rush days great place to take visitors to area.

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Thank Bruce R
El Dorado Hills, California
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51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This place looks so run down. This place was built many many years ago. Half-working cooling fans and zero AC (or very little AC) makes this place unbearable in June when we go to the County Fair. Bleachers are set up in the direct sunlight, so you can just bake or scald your skin on metal bleachers. We compared it... More 

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Thank Al C
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Easily located in this tiny little town - full of historical information as one would expect in a museum located in a historic area. Nice displays and helpful guide.

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Thank Sally B
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It's Sunday afternoon and we are the only visitors. The museum is a Hodge-podge of historical memorabilia, photographs, machines, etc. They even have a Shay locomotive, something very rare we are told. The Docent, Jim, is wonderful, he has the right personality for the job: enthusiastic historian and loving people. From memories of his childhood days in California, to poems... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I love popping in for the historical exhibits and getting info from the docents, Seems that everytime I go I find something I missed.

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Placerville, California
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Good place to start a visit to El Dorado County and Old Hangtown (Placerville). Lots of stuff to see and talk about. It is the history of the area in artifacts.

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