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Small Local Museum with a Lot of Character

This is a worthwhile stop for any visitor to Sonora. It is within walking distance of downtown, but... read more

Reviewed December 27, 2018
Malcolm C
Sonora, California
Great Museum in Sonora

We arrived just as Bruce (docent) was opening the museum. The front of the building was the home... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2018
David C
Upland, California
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West Bradford Ave., Sonora, CA 95370
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Reviewed December 27, 2018

This is a worthwhile stop for any visitor to Sonora. It is within walking distance of downtown, but check opening times before you go. Sonora being a Gold Rush town, the museum contains numerous artifacts from that era, many contributed by local residents. The Museum...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Malcolm C
Reviewed October 24, 2018

We arrived just as Bruce (docent) was opening the museum. The front of the building was the home of the sheriff. The jail was in the rear. Great history and lots of historical pieces. The gun collection is superb. We were intrigued by the story...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

My husband and I were staying in Sonora and one day it was raining so we were limited in what we could do that day. We very much enjoyed our discussions about the wild west and gold rush from Cookie. I learned so many things...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

A fun and interesting museum specializing in California gold rush items. Parking nearby. Interesting books also available.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

This is a fine little museum with an impressive veteran's memorial. Worth the time and it is donation only, which is nice.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank mhadreas
Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

I love this museum! A fascinating look at our Native and then Gold Rush past. Check out the unique displays about the many cultures that have influenced our area, our motion picture history, and much more, located in the old time jail cells.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Doroteamx
Reviewed July 23, 2017

It includes the county jail, with cells outfitted with all the things prisoners used in those days. Spend a couple of hours here and learn the local history.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

You will enjoy the Gold display! Rare Crystalline Gold found in Tuolumne County. This gold is found in pockets that allow it to grow.....it is Beautiful and sparkles. The building is a old jail, that was in use from the 1800's to 1964, when the...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Kenny W
Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Preservation is one of the reasons I came here to visit. The Mother Lode of the Gold Rush was in Tuolumne & Calaveras counties, a unique area that played a major part in shaping our country. The Tuolumne City Museum is a treasure trove of...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank ChanEvan
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Wonderful place with so many items of our history around here - and people to tell you about them! More things all the time, and if you want to research history of the Gold Country, this is a great place to start. Friendly folks running...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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May 28, 2016|
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Monday-Friday 10-4; Saturday 10-3:30 Research center open Tuedsay 9-12 and by appointment 209-532-1317