COVID-19 Update:

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 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

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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. 

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!MTM DVD front Cover Opens in new window