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Museums in El Dorado County

El Dorado County Historical Museum
104 Placerville Drive (next to the Fairgrounds), Placerville, CA 95667
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Located just north of Highway 50 on Placerville Drive in the city of Placerville. This museum features displays and artifacts from El Dorado County's history. The museum also provides many services including genealogy assistance. Open to the public year 'round, Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM, Sunday, 12 PM - 4 PM, Tuesday, the research room (only) is open to the public for research 10 AM - 3 PM, Closed Monday. The Museum is also closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. [Click here for directions to the El Dorado County Historical Museum in Placerville]. Museum parking is located on Placerville Drive in front of the Museum.

Fountain-Tallman Museum
524 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 626-0773

Found on Main Street in historic downtown Placerville, this museum is located in the original soda works building dating to 1852. Today it holds artifacts and exhibits about Placerville's history, and displays furnishings from a prominent resident. Fountain-Tallman Museum is owned and operated by the El County Historical Society.

Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10AM-4PM
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's
Admission is Free

Gold Bug Park

Gold Bug Park - Hattie Museum
Gold Bug Park page

On 61.5 acres one mile north of downtown Placerville, Gold Bug Park features walking trails, picnic areas, the Hattie Museum and Interpretive Center which exhibits historical artifacts and displays about mining, the Joshua Hendy Stamp Mill recreates the large stamp mills used to crush ore, and the Gold Bug Mine open for self-guided tours. Guided-group tours available by appointment. Also, we now have a covered picnic area by the stream, soon to contain interpretive information.

Mine, Mill, and Gift Shop open daily - 10AM - 4PM (Mid-April through October)
In winter, only Mine open -- weekends only - 12PM - 4PM (November through Mid-April)
Park, Picnic Areas and Hiking Trails -- open daily 8:30AM - 5PM (weather permitting)
Admission to Mine & Stamp Mill -- $4 per adult, $2 per child (7 to 16), children 6 and under - free
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
(Prices may change without notice)

Lake Tahoe Museum
3058 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
So. Lake Tahoe, CA
Phone: (530) 541-5458

The museum features display which chronicle the development of the Lake Tahoe Basin from earliest occupation by Native American through its 19th century development to the present time. Artifacts include Washoe Indian Basketry, logging, shipping, and railroad objects, and pioneer and farm displays. Open daily, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Click here for the Coloma page
310 Back Street
Coloma, CA 95667
(530) 622-3470

The Park includes the Gold Discovery Museum which offers information, exhibits, and artifacts relating to the gold discovery and gold rush, the outdoor mining exhibit containing examples of some of the many kinds of equipment used by the miners, the Chinese stores - all that remains of a large Chinese settlement in Coloma, and a re-creation of Sutter's Sawmill where James Marshall first discovered gold in 1848 causing one of the largest human migrations in history. The Gold Rush Mercantile carries gifts, toys, books, DVDs, and music that take you back to the days of California's Gold Rush. Other links to the Park for more information: Gold Discovery Park Association, Gold Rush E-Mercantile, and The Park is open 8AM - sunset, every day, all year round. The Museum is open 10AM - 5PM (closes at 4:30 in winter) everyday, year round.

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