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Tuolumne County Museum

West Bradford Ave., Sonora, CA 95370
209-532-1317
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Ranked #6 of 10 Attractions in Sonora
Type: History Museums
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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

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Jamestown
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 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

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USA
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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.

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London
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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

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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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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This little museum has it all. What a great find in the town of Sonora. I was impressed with all the displays that were set up. Very knowledgeable group of volunteers on staff to answer questions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Full of old time artifacts and information. Really interesting if you like history of the mother lode.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

A nice look at the local history. The museum is housed in the old county jail and sheriff's residence. Many of the exhibits are in the old jail cells. There is an excellent display of antique firearms as well. Admission is free with donations accepted.

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Warsaw, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

While waiting for some shops to open in Sonora, California, we happened across the Tuolumne County Museum. It is located in the old jail and there were many exhibits of the history of law and order in Sonorma, during the Gold Rush. It is a beautiful brick building. It is just off the main street of Sonora, at 158 West... More

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