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

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Old west museum housed in an historic jailhouse.

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Coulterville, Illinois
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Coulterville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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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 

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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.

1 Thank Travelingwithgirls
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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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This prior jail house ( and jailer living quarters) has many varied exhibits about crime and punishment, mining, denizens of the era, various settler groups and even celebrated local art of well known artists. Around every corner ( especially in the various jail cells, now exhibit homes, is a new and interesting story. Especially of interest were the wanted notices... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My family lives in Sonora CA. I haven't been there in 9 years I took my fiance there and of course I had to show him everything I could.the history of the museum is amazing. It used to be an old county jail in the 1850 this staff is very knowledgeable they have all the documentation from the gold rush... More 

2 Thank Deanna G
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

You will need to ask directions as it is set back several blocks. The building is a fine example of 1850 architecture for a county jail. The exhibits are are fascinating and show the story of the gold rush days, the good and the bad. The cells are open and have a lot of interesting exhibits in them. The 'old'... More 

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