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North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum

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933 Allison Ranch Rd, Off McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7727
+1 530-273-4255
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Worth the stop

If you like history the place is chalked full of it in every corner are neat artifacts gems and... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2016
AC C
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Ao Nang, Thailand
A time-capsule into the rich mining history of Grass Valley

Step into the old powerhouse building and you could be transported back 50 to 100 years ago. Old... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2016
David T
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Grass Valley, California
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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933 Allison Ranch Rd, Off McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7727
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

If you like history the place is chalked full of it in every corner are neat artifacts gems and machines to look at and is often donation only to get in.

Thank AC C
Reviewed August 9, 2016

Step into the old powerhouse building and you could be transported back 50 to 100 years ago. Old equipment, including the massive Pelton Wheel which was the power source for nearby mines, showcase the many tools used in the mining past. Its a great stop...More

Thank David T
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Somehow this gem of a museum hasn't received the attention it truly deserves. The four of us literally had the place to ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed what became an essentially private two-hour tour led by friendly and knowledgeable docents John and Isaac. So many interesting...More

Thank aopdiver
Reviewed June 24, 2016

We loved visiting the Northstar Mine Powerhouse in Grass Valley. The docent was very knowledgeable and gave you a little history. He was an engineer and could explain all the machines and they all worked! It was a delightful experience and made me appreciate the...More

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

If you're in either Grass Valley or Nevada City, it is worth making the pilgrimage to this museum. Situated on the site of an old mine power house it features the largest Pelton wheel ever made, 30' in diameter and capable of producing 1,000 Hp...More

Thank WineEng
Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

There is a Musuem which is the former Power Supply Source for the Empire Mine. Wow is it cool. Mostly Gold Mine related, the Pelton Wheel - World Largest! It was said the kids used to swing it around, faster and faster, then grab on...More

Thank Rob341
Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

A fantastic gold mine in the Mother Load of California. The docent that guided us through was very good. We got a private tour, mid week.

Thank Linda D
Reviewed March 16, 2016

Displays of operating mining equipment. Large number of Pelton wheels on display. One is 30' in dia. Donations support the museum. Docent tours available.

Thank John J
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Make a day of the mines! See Empire and then come to north star! You will learn a lot, they have a donation box. Other than that no fee. Tour operator was very knowledgeable and fun!

Thank This M
Reviewed February 24, 2016

We recently visited the Northstar Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum. For some reason, after many trips to Grass Valley and Nevada City over the years we had never made it to this particular museum. This place is super with several working machines that were...More

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