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Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum

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Address: 10933 Allison Ranch Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949-9608
Phone Number: 530-273-4255
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Wow! What a Find!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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huntington beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 exhibits to see here, with a surprising number of them functioning as working models. Just... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars 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 Grass Valley area.

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Green Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars 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 from running water. It houses a very large collection of Pelton wheels, mostly owned by... More 

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Thank WineEng
Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars 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 and be twirled around upside down, that must have been something! They have a reenactment... More 

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Thank Rob341
Chico, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Linda D
Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank John J
Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars 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!

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5 of 5 stars 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 used in the gold rush era including a fully operational 30’ Pelton Wheel. The wheel... More 

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Penn Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Our guide did an outstanding job of explaining and demonstrating how each of the machines were used during the gold mining era. He advised that his great grandfather and grandfather worked in the mines The Pelton wheel was fascinating. Learning about the history of the area and how the miners worked and lived in the nearby towns of Grass Valley... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Have many fond memories taking my kids here over the year. Even though it is much smaller than the Empire Mine in GV it has some working stamp mills! Lots of hands on things for the kiddos make it an educational treasure!

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