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“Learn about the area's true native peoples” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maidu Interpretive Center Museum

Maidu Interpretive Center Museum
1970 Johnson Ranch Rd., Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 774-5934
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Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Roseville
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Northern California, today
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“Learn about the area's true native peoples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

This Nisenan Maidu site was protected by being part of a family landholding, and it was transferred to City of Roseville ownership. The City has included the spot as part of a regional park with senior center, etc. nearby, and has built a new museum and culture center on the site Nisenan Maidu people lived their everyday lives - a small village was here, and a number of petroglyphs illustrate a bit of their beliefs and practices.

The museum offers artifacts and a lot of information on who the Nisenan Maidu people were and are - and the local Nisenan people use this as a center for some of their celebrations and communal activities to this day, highlighting its importance.

Volunteer docents bring this place to life - guided walks reveal oak varieties, a large grinding area and how the Nisenan Maidu prepared acorn flour and products, a yellow ochre "mine" for trading for obsidian and other necessary products, plant materials used in food, medicine, basket and home products preparation, and often one can participate in grinding acorns, etc.

The center is particularly targeted to school groups, so check the schedule - and look for special events, nighttime campfires with stories and presentations, etc. to learn about the poorly understood and overlooked native peoples of this area and how they interacted with the earth in a mutually beneficial way.

Visited April 2013
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“Heading to Tahoe on I-80?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

If you need a break between the Bay Area and Tahoe, The Maidu Museum is only minutes off the I-80 freeway. The thirty acres site has an one mile loop which will surely get the kinks out of your legs. The walk provides bedrock mortars,petroglyphs, towering oaks and a running stream (and lots more!). If possible, take the guided docent tour given each Saturday morning. The staff and volunteers do an excellent job in helping understand a culture that had thrived for thousands of years.

Visited April 2013
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“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Closed for Christmas season (when kids are out of school) is really dumb. No I cannot say mose as we did not even get in the door as it was locked and no one was there according to the sign posted out front.

Visited December 2012
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“Top notch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is a gem - not to be missed. Both staff and volunteers are invested in making your visit the best learning experience it could be. There are trails where you can see petroglyphs. It is in the lovely Maidu Park which has a play area for the little ones.

Visited December 2012
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“Fantastic Exhibits and Interpretive Services”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

The Maidu Museum is located on a archaeological site of the home of the indigenous Maidu Indian culture. That culture flourished in what is now Roseville, CA for over 7,000 years. The Museum features exhibits of items found within the grounds, as well of other artifacts and hand-crafted items of other indigenous peoples and current Native American groups in California.

The Museum's interpretive showcases are thoughtfully displayed within a simulated Hogan (Maidu living space). They tell the story of ancient and historical Maidu culture as well as how the culture was disseminated by the influx of the California Gold Rush. There are cases and walls of hand-crafted baskets, tools and local paintings by historical and modern Native American artists. The changing traveling exhibits add a broad range of educational dimensions.

The Museum is open to the public with a small fee for personal enjoyment and some docent-led interpretive tours around the ancient Maidu village grounds. During the week free daily grade-school tours are offered in the Spring through the Fall.

As I live across the street from Maidu Regional Park that includes the Museum, I am frequently able to enjoy this fine educational attraction. With it's fine displays and interpretive offerings, It has truly helped me to better understand indigenous Native cultures. I count the MaiduMuseum as amongst the greatest in California and perhaps the Nation.

Visited March 2012
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