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El Dorado County Museum

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Address: 100 Placerville Dr, Placerville, CA 95667-3910
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This history museum of this Gold Rush community displays old mining tools...

This history museum of this Gold Rush community displays old mining tools and railroad equipment.

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As we both lived in Placerville ca,we decided at long last to visit. A very interesting day and very informative. It is best to go on a cooler day though.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 12, 2016
James W
Placerville, California
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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

As we both lived in Placerville ca,we decided at long last to visit. A very interesting day and very informative. It is best to go on a cooler day though.

Thank James W
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

My wife and I recently visited the El Dorado County Museum in Placerville, CA. We found it be a little treasure as it included a number of historical pictures and artifacts from the town and surrounding area. The staff was extremely friendly and answered all of our questions. The museum is easily found as it is on the "main drag"... More 

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Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

If you're looking to spend an hour or so looking at artifacts from old California this is the place. No admission charge. The docents are full of information about the history of the locomotives, Studebakers, gold and vintage clothing & doll houses on display. I found it very interesting, and one member of our party truly loved the place. The... More 

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Placerville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Small, out of the way museum that really captures the spirit of the town and the gold rush history. Many unusual items and a we had a very knowledgeable docent. Well worth an afternoon visit.

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Went to the Museum during the fair this year with the grand kids, They had a blast looking at all the old items collected from the town we all grew up in. It was a good walk down a historical memory lane for all of us. The highlight was the maps of the old mines they have.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

This an interesting stop with some visual history of the area. It seems this place has just evolved and is still being expanded. Would love to see it again in a few years when there is more on display and in a better organized format. Just haphazardly done now. Very nice volunteers to show you around. With such an interesting... More 

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

Lots of history very nice volunteer people to guide you around and a lot of unique and fun things to learn. Well worth the visit.

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Garden Valley, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

This museum has a lot of Gold Rush history among other history of the area. Lots of old railroad cars outside, and mining equipment. Very well worth stopping to see, next to the fairground entrance.

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

We made a (too) quick stop on our way to Sacramento. Loved the exhibits inside but was wowed by the collection of steam engines, Pelton Wheels, stamping pressed, logging equipment, etc. Learned the origins of Studebaker!

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016

This museum is one of the best little museums I have been to in ages. Stopped in the other day and was shocked at the artifacts from Placerville's past. This area has an amazing history, and not just because gold was discovered close by. Amazing people lived or traveled through here...like Ross E. Browne, John Studebaker and other notable characters... More 

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