Museums

COVID-19 Updates:

Most of our museums have reopened, but many have reduced schedules. Check our Museums Listings for up-to-date hours and days of operation. 

Holiday Museum Closures

All of our museums will be closed on the following days: 

  • Monday, 12/6
  • Friday, 12/24
  • Saturday, 12/25
  • Friday, 12/31
  • Saturday, 1/1

Upcoming Events

  • Smores and Stories at the Bernhard Museum 12/10 5pm-8pm
  • Classic Christmas at the Courthouse 12/11 5pm-8pm
  • Classic Christmas at the Courthouse 12/18 5pm-8pm

Self-Guided Tours

In addition to visiting our museums, we encourage visitors to get out and take our self-guided tours of local towns and museum grounds.

Archives and Research Center Hours

The Archive and Research Center is open by appointment only at this time. Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. To make a research appointment please contact Curator of Archives, Kelsey Monahan, at (530) 889-7789 or [email protected]

About the Placer County Museums Division:


First established in 1948, the Placer County Museums Division has grown to operate seven regional museums that tell the diverse history of Placer County and its peoples. Admission to all our museums is free.

Our Archive and Collections Facility serves as the official repository for Placer County records, and houses historic collections of objects, photographs, and archival records from private donors as well.

Our robust student programs include Living History at the Bernhard Museum Complex as well as a Gold Rush program at our Gold Rush Museum.

To learn more about our individual museums, programming, or to plan your visit please refer to our navigation links or give us a call at (530) 889-6500. Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with our upcoming events and latest projects.

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