Museums

Bernhard Museum Closure

The Bernhard Museum is closed for parking lot paving and construction. We hope to reopen on September 10th. Check back for details.

Heritage Trail 2021!

Even though some of our participating museums will not be opening, the Heritage Trail is still rolling out the summer fun! Download our scavenger hunt to participate and get into the prize drawing. 

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. 

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

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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