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Address: 30 N Main Street, San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone Number: 12097544658
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Located in the center of the gold mining district of California, Calaveras...

Located in the center of the gold mining district of California, Calaveras County is rich in history, tradition, romance and lore. Whether you plan to spend an hour or an entire day, come to San Andreas and enjoy the Historic Downtown Museum. Open daily 10-4. The Downtown Museum is located on historic Main Street in San Andreas. Comprised of three buildings, the Museum is a reflection of the history of Calaveras County, its industry, its people, and even its notorious outlaws. The Museum is included in European travel guides as a "must see" destination and we have guests from all over the world.

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Cowboys, miners and a resident ghost?

The court house, history of the Masons and how they influenced the settling of the west. Doctors medical bags, Lydia Pinkham's little magic pills for ladies and their ailments... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2016
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

The court house, history of the Masons and how they influenced the settling of the west. Doctors medical bags, Lydia Pinkham's little magic pills for ladies and their ailments. Dolls,the chinese and how they fit into the mining. Everytime I visit this museum I see something different though I know the exhibits have not changed. A complete law library and... More 

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CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

The museum was very nice. They have a number of exhibits in the main buildings and outside you go into the old jail yard and jail where Black Bart was once incarcerated. Parts of the old jailhouse yard wall are still there built in 1885. The yard also shows where the town gallows were, the last hanging there in 1888.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth going to San Andreas to visit this splendid museum. Many interesting displays and lots of interesting writeups. We spent two hours there and afterwards discovered that my husband had become so involved looking through the picture file that he missed half of the second floor! The only negative I have is some of the signs don't meet current... More 

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Templeton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Included exhibits on native Americans, geology, mining, home life, professional life, etc. The jail was used until 1964! Self guided. We spent a couple of hours. Highly recommend this museum.

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Jackson
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The genealogy society that I belong to took a field trip to this museum and enjoyed it. There is a lot to see. I found it quite dusty in the main room and not too organized, but the vignettes were enjoyable, and the courthouse and jail interesting.

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ashland OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This museum really surprised us. The exhibits were multiple, the buildings, including the jail and courthouse were the real thing and the exhibits so very well done. Good bathrooms even. if you are exploring the area dont miss this one! Eleven year old loved the jail that had held Black Bart the famous outlaw , the courtyard where desperadoes were... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We planned on an hour and ended up (between the main museum in town and the red barn museum just a short drive away) staying over 3 hours and didn't get to see all of the farm equipment. It's a fun place with a very eclectic collection that gives you a good sense of the history of the area. They... More 

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Lodi, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We have lived in this area for almost 40 years and had never known about this hidden gem. We had been invited to a art showing at the Museum and decided to take a look around. Almost two hours later we were leaving very happy we had spent the time to see this fantastic pieces of history. The items are... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Loved this gem of a museum complete with Black Bart's jail cell. There are lots of tatty museums around but this one is real and gives you a good sense of history.

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Sonora, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

to see the history of California in such an up close and personal way. Great for kids of all ages. A good one time experience.

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