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6 Great Museums!

Each museum focuses on a different aspect of Placer County history

Placer County Museum

This museum presents an overview of Placer County history from the early Nisenan inhabitants through the latter half of the 20th century. It also includes the Placer County Gold collection, the renowned Pate Collection of American Indian artifacts and the original Thomas Kinkade painting "Auburn Centennial". The Museum occupies the first floor of Auburn’s historic Courthouse.
101 Maple St. Auburn, CA

Open Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Closed Holidays

To schedule a group tour, call 530-889-6500

Auburn California's Historic Courthouse

Bernhard Museum

Built in 1851 as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel, the Bernhard House has been welcoming visitors for over 150 years. Filled with artifacts and furnishings from a bygone era, the Bernhard House transports visitors to a simpler time. The Bernhard Museum also serves as home to the third grade Living History Program.

291 Auburn-Folsom Road, Auburn, CA

Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Closed Holidays

To Schedule a group tour, call 530-889-6500

Bernhard museum exterior

Gold Country Museum

Gold Country Fairgrounds

The Gold Country Museum interprets the rich history of the gold rush in Placer County. Using displays and a hands-on gold panning stream, museum docents will help you explore the most common methods of finding gold, from simple panning to hard rock and hydraulic mining.

1273 High Street, Auburn, CA

The Gold Country will partially reopen in the fairgrounds location on June 24th at 11:00 am and will be open possibly through August 31st.  The Gold Country Museum will relocate to the Historic Auburn Depot at 601 Lincoln Way and will partially open in the fall with a grand opening in the winter.


Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Due to inadequate air conditioning, this museum closes during high temperature days. Call 530-889-6500 for information

Free Admission

Closed Holidays

To schedule a group tour, call 530-889-6500

Gold Country Museum Exterior

Griffith Quarry Museum

The Griffith Quarry Museum is housed in the original Penryn Granite Works office, built by Welsh immigrant Griffith Griffith in 1864. It contains some of the original office furniture, information on the Griffith family, the history of the Penryn-Loomis Basin area, and the granite industry.

Corner of Taylor & Rock Springs Roads, Penryn, CA

Open Saturday and Sunday Noon – 4:00 pm

To schedule a group tour, call 530-889-6500

Griffith Quarry Museum Exterior

Forest Hill Divide Museum

The Forest Hill Divide Museum focuses on the history of the Foresthill area, including topics such as mining, geology, Native Americans, timber, and home life. The complex includes a working blacksmith shop, the original Foresthill Jail, and a 1931 USA Fire Truck.

24601 Harrison Street, Foresthill, CA

Open May through October

Closed Holidays

Saturday and Sunday Noon – 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Forsethill Divide Museum Exterior

Golden Drift Museum

Located on Main Street Dutch Flat, this house-turned-museum is filled to the brim with the town’s history which encompasses the glory days of hydraulic mining, lumber production, the laying of the transcontinental railroad, and other threads in the tapestry of the region’s history.

32820 Main Street, Dutch Flat, CA

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day

Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 4 pm

Closed Holidays

Free Admission

To schedule a group tour, call 530-389-2617

Golden Drift Museum Exterior