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Docent led tours are available in our museums daily. For those that want to dig a little deeper into our history, we offer many site specific tours and programs.

Bernhard Living History

This program transports third grade students back to the 1890's for a day. Over the course of the day, students learn to:

  • Bake biscuits in a wood stove
  • Wash clothes using a washboard, dasher, and a ringer
  • Make crafts such as leavings dolls and button spinners
  • Make a replica fruit crate
  • Clean leather
  • Sew a marble bag

The whole experience lasts about four hours. Students leave with a much better understanding of what life was like over 100 years ago. The Living History Program is designed to meet specific third grade curriculum standards.

Parent's Living History Guide to Success

Parent Training Information

Information on parent led activities, by station: Laundry, Baking, Woodworking, Leather, Crafts, Biscuit Recipe

Teacher's Manual


In addition to the onsite training sessions, we are now offering online video training.

This program takes place at the Bernhard Museum Complex.

For more information or to reserve a date for the Living History Program for your class or school, call 530-889-6506. The cost is $10 per student.

Gold Rush Program

This tour for fourth graders takes place at the Gold Country Museum.

It's a two-hour interactive program targeting fourth grade state curriculum standards, concerning the Gold Rush, using museum exhibits and primary resource material from the Placer County Archives.

This tour is available in winter and early spring.

For more information or to reserve a date for the Gold Rush Program for your class or school, call 530-889-6506. The cost is $5 per student.

Old Town Walking Tour

Join us every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. sharp – rain or shine – for a free guided tour of Old Town Auburn. The tour begins at the Courthouse, 101 Maple Street, and lasts about one hour.

historic photos of old town auburn and a current photo of a walking tour in progress

For more information, please call 530-889-6500

Community Education

We host monthly community education programs at various locations around the county. These programs range from tutorials on how to properly care for clothing to live Gold Rush era music and even tours of the Old Auburn Cemetery. To find out what's on offer this month, check out our Community Education Blog.