El Dorado

El Dorado County Historical Museum
  • Exhibits include one of the largest displays on Maidu culture and basketry, Miwok and Washoe basketry, and American settlement and mining history
  • Museum Research Library contains a large collection of historical photographs, documents, computerized research data, historical records, and books relating to El Dorado County
  • Location: 104 Placerville Drive on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville
  • Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The research room (only) is open to the public for research on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Call (530) 621-5865
  • Visit https://www.edcgov.us/Government/Museum/homenew

Fountain-Tallman Museum

  • In the oldest building in downtown Placerville, which housed the Fountain Tallman Soda Works, built in 1852
  • Features historical artifacts from Placerville and memorabilia from the Stella Tracey collection
  • Location: 524 Main Street in Placerville
  • Open April to October, Friday through Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.; November to March, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Call (530) 626-0773
  • Visit https://www.eldoradocountyhistoricalsociety.org/?page_id=30

Gold Bug Park and Mine

  • Enter the actual Gold Bug Mine or a stamp mill
  • The Museum houses many tools and other artifacts from the locale.
  • Interpretive and educational panels surround the room showing the local geology and the process of prospecting for gold.
  • The gift shop provides books recounting the history of the local gold rush, as well as California.
  • Location: 1 mi. north of Highway 50 on Bedford Avenue in Placerville
  • Open year round from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; mine, stamp mill, museum, and gift shop are open April to October, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the mine is open November to March, weekends only from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Admission to mine and stamp mill: $3 adults, $1 children (5-16), children under 5 are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Call (530) 642-5207
  • Visit http://www.goldbugpark.org

Lake Tahoe Museum

  • Features displays that chronicle the development of the Lake Tahoe Basin from earliest occupation by Native American through its nineteenth century development to the present time
  • Artifacts include Washoe Indian basketry; logging, shipping, and railroad objects; and pioneer and farm displays
  • Location: 3058 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe
  • Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, daily
  • Call (530) 541-5458

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

  • Learn about the discovery of gold and the California gold rush era at the site of discovery
  • Features exhibits on the gold rush era and its impact on the region
  • Visit a replica of Sutter’s Mill, the site where gold was first discovered in Northern California
  • Location: 310 Back Street in Coloma, approximately 8 mi. north of Placerville on Highway 49
  • Open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset
  • Entrance fee $5 per car; museum open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Call (530) 622-3470
  • Visit https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484 
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