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El Dorado County Museum

100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA 95667
530-621-5865
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Placerville
Type: History Museums
Description: This history museum of this Gold Rush community displays old mining tools and railroad equipment.
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New York City, New York
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484 reviews 484 reviews
207 attraction reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
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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126 reviews 126 reviews
51 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Placerville, CA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Not a huge museum but chock-full of displays and dioramas plus lots of items (Gold Rush-, agriculture- or railroad-related) outdoors. Docents are extremely knowledgeable plus there's a research library. Anyone interested in Gold Rush and early Northern California history should definitely visit. They ask for a donation but since it's optional I checked "no fee required," although I hope visitors... More

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Shingle Springs, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The displays here are well done. We have also been here with a group from across the U.S. who were interested in history. They said it was one of the best museums they'd seen in their travels across the country. It gives you a good feel for the history of the Gold Rush era. There are well-done dioramas inside and... More

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tucson,arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Very interesting museum. They will help you do a genealogy search on Tuesdays. The docents have interesting and funny facts to share about the gold rush days. They ask a $2.00 donation but you'll want to give more since the presentation and attention to detail is way above average

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Sacramento, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

They have done a good job to recreate history! The railway is exceptionally well done!

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Cameron Park, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Located near the entrance to THE ELDORADO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS in Placerville, CA., this quaint museum caters to all ages and interests. Indian artifacts, train memorabilia and Gold Rush era are well displayed and the attending docents are well versed in all the displays.

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California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2009

Very small museum, but large on information . Museum workers are more than happy to answer any questions . Since it was not busy, we got a private tour!

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