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Tuolumne County Museum

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Address: West Bradford Ave., Sonora, CA 95370
Phone Number: 209-532-1317
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Focusing on the Past of the Gold Rush in the Mother Lode

Looking into the Mother Lodes past. this is a nice way to visit the county's and Sonora's past. The people in the Museum are knowledgeable about what they have and where to find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
Luke T
Gingoog City, Philippines
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Gingoog City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Looking into the Mother Lodes past. this is a nice way to visit the county's and Sonora's past. The people in the Museum are knowledgeable about what they have and where to find more information. It is not large so it will not delay you long to explore the area. But it is recommended if you are interested in the... More 

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Canton, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Stories and artifacts from the gold rush. I was especially intrigued by learning of how important river ferries were, and how they operated. Note: there were no velvet ropes separating us from certain artifacts which was great, though respectfully we DID NOT TOUCH. I'd never explored the high country of California while I lived there. Be ready to stroll on... More 

1 Thank Stu T
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This prior jail house ( and jailer living quarters) has many varied exhibits about crime and punishment, mining, denizens of the era, various settler groups and even celebrated local art of well known artists. Around every corner ( especially in the various jail cells, now exhibit homes, is a new and interesting story. Especially of interest were the wanted notices... More 

3 Thank Wdee2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My family lives in Sonora CA. I haven't been there in 9 years I took my fiance there and of course I had to show him everything I could.the history of the museum is amazing. It used to be an old county jail in the 1850 this staff is very knowledgeable they have all the documentation from the gold rush... More 

2 Thank Deanna G
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

You will need to ask directions as it is set back several blocks. The building is a fine example of 1850 architecture for a county jail. The exhibits are are fascinating and show the story of the gold rush days, the good and the bad. The cells are open and have a lot of interesting exhibits in them. The 'old'... More 

2 Thank old_romantics_2000
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The museum used to be the county jail and it has an interesting history. See the old jail cells plus other interesting artifacts from the Gold Rush Era.

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Sonora, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I was actually impressed with this small local museum. The displays are well thought out and the staff is anxious and able to answer almost any question you throw at them regarding the local history. The displays have a lot of supporting documentation. I have brought several visiting relatives to the museum and they have learned quite a bit and... More 

1 Thank Quiche55
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Lovely small museum, former jail. Displays are plentiful with a lot to read about mining and the people who developed the area. Jail cells have displays in them. Iron doors, rifles, hand guns, etc are on display with cards telling about each item. Give yourself time to read the explanations and ask questions of the lovely girl working there.

1 Thank MtGranny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The museum is set in an old house that used to be the local jail and centre for justice. It has two main themes: the gold rush and law and order. What strikes your eye first of all as you enter is a spectacular case of gold nuggets and quartz ore with gold seams - there is a hypnotic lot... More 

2 Thank Cassini
Sonora, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We are new to the area and wanted to learn a little more about Tuolumne County so we made a trip to the Toulumne County Museum. We were pleasantly surprised. Sonora is a small town and we weren't sure what to expect from a small local museum, so we were pleased to see what this little museum had to offer.... More 

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