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“WOW, We have this in Roseville??? WOW!”

Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 23 things to do in Roseville
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Roseville, California
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“WOW, We have this in Roseville??? WOW!”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you haven't been to this museum, nature center, indian historical location, YOU HAVE GOT TO GET YOUR FAMILY OUT THERE! I was amazed at the cool history we have right here in Roseville. Very Very cool!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Emily J
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Carson City, Nevada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“A real gem!”
Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

We were in Roseville with a few hours to kill before a wedding. We stumbled across this while driving around.

Excellent exhibits and very well curated. Walking path was very engaging.

If you go, there is no parking lot, so you need to park below the sports fields or across the street.

Thank D D
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Roseville, California
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“important local museum”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum and site shows the life of the Miwok and their culture dating back to the Stone Age. There is both an indoor and outdoor component of your visit. The indoor is a typical museum with information and artifacts. The outdoor part of this site is the petroglyphs and grinding rocks, with a reconstructed hut (not sure if that is year-round). Tours of the grinding rock area are available at limited dates and times. Throughout the year they do storytelling and campfires in the evening. Overall, Roseville is lucky to have such a great museum and site.

Visited August 2012
Thank Redwood26
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Northern California, today
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Learn about the area's true native peoples”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

This Nisenan Maidu site was protected by being part of a family landholding, and it was transferred to City of Roseville ownership. The City has included the spot as part of a regional park with senior center, etc. nearby, and has built a new museum and culture center on the site Nisenan Maidu people lived their everyday lives - a small village was here, and a number of petroglyphs illustrate a bit of their beliefs and practices.

The museum offers artifacts and a lot of information on who the Nisenan Maidu people were and are - and the local Nisenan people use this as a center for some of their celebrations and communal activities to this day, highlighting its importance.

Volunteer docents bring this place to life - guided walks reveal oak varieties, a large grinding area and how the Nisenan Maidu prepared acorn flour and products, a yellow ochre "mine" for trading for obsidian and other necessary products, plant materials used in food, medicine, basket and home products preparation, and often one can participate in grinding acorns, etc.

The center is particularly targeted to school groups, so check the schedule - and look for special events, nighttime campfires with stories and presentations, etc. to learn about the poorly understood and overlooked native peoples of this area and how they interacted with the earth in a mutually beneficial way.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank jose.k
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Heading to Tahoe on I-80?”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

If you need a break between the Bay Area and Tahoe, The Maidu Museum is only minutes off the I-80 freeway. The thirty acres site has an one mile loop which will surely get the kinks out of your legs. The walk provides bedrock mortars,petroglyphs, towering oaks and a running stream (and lots more!). If possible, take the guided docent tour given each Saturday morning. The staff and volunteers do an excellent job in helping understand a culture that had thrived for thousands of years.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Michael S
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