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Placer County Historical Museum

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Address: Auburn, CA

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If you want to see a real gold nugget stop here

Nice little museum inside the restored county courthouse. For me the main attraction was the huge gold nugget. Don't think about taking it home though, it is well protected is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Richard S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little museum inside the restored county courthouse. For me the main attraction was the huge gold nugget. Don't think about taking it home though, it is well protected is a special vault.

Thank Richard S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

It is a great building to visit. It is a supremely large brick building with a capital cupola on the top that is reminiscent of the style of government building in the 19th century. It's very well kept and is a great example of what some of the old building in Auburn looked like during the gold rush period. In... More 

Thank RPata
Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

A great place to bring visiting friends that would enjoy some of the history of Old Auburn. It took about an hour and a half to walk around all the sites of old town and the docent was knowledgeable and full of information. Every Saturday morning.....try to pick a cool day as it can get pretty hot during summer months.

Thank Blooms65
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

This museum has all the modern amenities one would expect in this century, yet in an historical setting. Great displays and comfortable for any age. A real winner.

Thank hezymac
Bonita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

Beneath the historic Placer County building, the museum takes up several rooms and hallways. Arrowheads, baskets, gold nuggets, and other remnants of early days are well displayed with informative signs. We enjoyed it.

Thank Nancy L
Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

This is a historic court house abd is still in use for trials. The musem has many artifacts from the history of our area.

Thank Connie H
Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Someone deserves some credit for developing this museum into such an interesting and interactive local attraction. Our kids especially enjoyed calling each other on the "old style" phones. The exhibit about the printing press (including the printing press) from the origins of the town was also memorable.

Thank Zacbarcelona
Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The Museum has a great deal of items to enjoy looking at brings back a great deal of history from the past some close to us so that even makes it more fun rooms kepted very clean and lots of lighting so it is easy to read old papers. Does not take that long to go through and it is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Lived in Auburn for a long time but have only been here a couple times. This is a great place to see the history of Auburn Placer county. Definitely check it out.

Thank Mark C
Chandlers Ford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Excellent selection of local historic memorabilia connected to: the town, it's horticultural heritage, the gold rush and local native american displays.

Thank cloudstuff

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