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Tuolumne County Museum

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Address: West Bradford Ave., Sonora, CA 95370
Phone Number: 209-532-1317

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I love museums and this is a good one

This museum has lots of interesting info about the gold rush of 1800's. It is in the old Jail House from that era. We happened to have a docent show us around and he had great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sonora, California
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Sonora, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has lots of interesting info about the gold rush of 1800's. It is in the old Jail House from that era. We happened to have a docent show us around and he had great stories of the people incarcerated there and the different techniques used for finding gold.

Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Didn't have enough time to spend here. The displays were interesting covering local stories and history of the area. Good mix of visual displays, reading, and hands-on exhibits. Hope to visit again.

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Sonora, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Very western eclectic museum Something for everyone Revolvers on the wall, art, Indian artifact, old jail and railroad models

Thank Sugan56
Coulterville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Excellent displays, photos, signage and the building itself is in great shape and well preserved. They also have a wonderful research program!

Thank DaleMMR
Sonora, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This museum, located in the old jail, has a good variety of interesting exhibits inside the old jail cells. Free of charge and worth the 3 block walk from the town's Main Street.

Thank Charles H
Sonora, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

This museum is off the beaten track of Downtown Sonora, but contains some beautiful history that I have never seen anywhere else. The guides are friendly and informative. A extra cool fact is that this museum is the OLD County Jail. The courtyard that was the jail yard has been transformed into a great place to sit and enjoy a... More 

Thank Crystal K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

This was a very nice little museum and staffed (at least when we were there) by some lovely ladies from the Tuolumne Co. Genealogical Society. The first section houses many nice exhibits before you enter the back section which was the old jail. The architecture of the old jail cells is wonderful. Each cell houses an exhibit. If you have... More 

Thank fungramma51
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Our entire family enjoyed our visit. The docent was very knowledgable and engaging with the kids. We learned a lot about the Gold Rush and the local community. We spent about 1.5 hours there.

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Gingoog City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Looking into the Mother Lodes past. this is a nice way to visit the county's and Sonora's past. The people in the Museum are knowledgeable about what they have and where to find more information. It is not large so it will not delay you long to explore the area. But it is recommended if you are interested in the... More 

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Canton, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Stories and artifacts from the gold rush. I was especially intrigued by learning of how important river ferries were, and how they operated. Note: there were no velvet ropes separating us from certain artifacts which was great, though respectfully we DID NOT TOUCH. I'd never explored the high country of California while I lived there. Be ready to stroll on... More 

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