In response to COVID-19, only two of our museums are currently open. The Placer County Museum is open daily from 10-4. The Gold Rush Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with reduced hours (open from 1-4).
ATTN Photographers: Photography will not be allowed on the Bernhard Museum Grounds October 21st after 3:00 pm for an outdoor event.
In the meantime, we encourage visitors to take self-guided tours of the grounds at the Gold Rush Museum, the Griffith Quarry Museum and the Bernhard Museum. We also have a self-guided walking tours of Old Town Auburn, Downtown Auburn, an Dutch Flat for you to enjoy.
The Archive and Research Center is unable to accommodate in-person researchers at this time. However, we are still taking distance requests by phone or email. Please contact Curator of Archives, Kelsey Monahan, at (530) 889-7789 or email@example.com to submit your request for records.
While the rest of our museums remain closed we are taking steps toward their future safe reopening.
Preserving this Experience
Ask A Curator
In an effort to make up for our doors closing, we are starting an online "Ask a Curator" service for the public. You can ask any questions about museums or local history on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and get an answer from a curator in our department.
Welcome teachers, parents or motivated students who just love history! Please enjoy this collection of online resources to help increase anyone's understanding of history.
A online repository of some of the more interesting artifacts in our collection
Our museums are still locked down, but that doesn't mean you can't get out and take in some local history.
An online collection of the stories that make our history.
This is a collection of answers we've given to people who have used our Ask a Curator service on social media.
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Come visit our seven amazing museums that highlight different aspects of Placer County.
In addition to the thousands of photos and objects on display in our museums, we are also in charge of keeping tens of thousands more safe and organized. The Archives and Research Center is in charge of photos, records, and oral histories while Collections takes care of three dimensional artifacts.
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.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. From staffing museums to researching historical documents and processing our large collection of historical artifacts, volunteers help make it all happen.
Check out our latest video!
One of the new directions we’ve been headed recently is making videos about our local history using our extensive photo collection. Here’s our first one about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad through Placer County. Hope you enjoy it!