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Located inside the old county courthouse. Stop to look at the building, even if the museum is closed.

Located inside the old county courthouse. Stop to look at the building, even if the museum is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Santa Cruz, California
Good place to duck in to get a break from the weather

Interesting, low key, historic displays, a nice break from the weather and as an interlude for... read more

Reviewed January 10, 2018
Auburn, California
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Located in the heart of Gold Rush territory, this museum explores the history and legacy of this exciting era.
1273 High St, Auburn, CA 95603-5016
+1 530-889-6500
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located inside the old county courthouse. Stop to look at the building, even if the museum is closed, as the building itself is very impressive.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

Interesting, low key, historic displays, a nice break from the weather and as an interlude for other more active activities. Plus I learned a lot: so much better than just looking something up on the internet!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank robgriffith5365
Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the museum after having lunch and before the Christmas Parade. The museum provides overview of early Placer County history. It also includes the Placer County Gold collection, the renowned Pate Collection of American Indian artifacts.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank jimkT3841HO
Reviewed July 28, 2017

Our family of 5, 6 and 11 year old daughters thoroughly enjoyed the museum. It was a great surprise and well worth a quick stop. It is just starting out but easily accessed from Hwy 80, easy parking and free! Not to miss as an...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Markhopski
Reviewed September 10, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum. It has many local artifacts relating to Auburn and the gold rush history of the area. A great film runs continuously giving additional historic information. A must see on a visit to Auburn

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank TR4ABill
Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was very surprised at the quantity and quality of Indian artifacts they have! What a wonderful little museum! Well maintained and displayed. I would recommend stopping by!

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank mjnightingale
Reviewed June 19, 2015

Auburn is a neat little city with its share of old-time gold miners' history, yet enough charm and sophistication for today's travelers. Neat "grand" buildings reflecting its heyday in addition to funky but well-maintained structures of its heyday. Museum retains much of its original character....More

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank VistaGina
Reviewed December 2, 2014

The story begins with this museum and the area history. Worth the trip and time. Recommended. Its a great history to be learned in this area. The last of the old west history.

Date of experience: May 2014
2  Thank Thomas B
Reviewed July 26, 2014

This museum housed in the rustic and refurbished jewel in Auburn. I was fortunate to have an inside view of one of the original courtrooms. I stood in the holding cell where the accused stayed until they were called to the courtroom. This was a...More

4  Thank GrammyJ43
Reviewed June 14, 2013

The museum isn't very big, but they do sell bags with small flecks of gold, so the kids can actually pan for gold. The museum was very informative about the life of a prospector and mining. Plus, it is free, so that was nice.

Date of experience: May 2013
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