The museums will be closed on Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Placer County, Bernhard and Gold Rush Museums will reopen Saturday the 25th at their regular times, all decorated for the Holidays.

From now through New Year's, any child who finds all the Winter/Christmas cards hidden in the museums will earn a candy cane!

Docent training starts in August. If you are considering volunteering with us, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Self-Guided Tours

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

Archives and Research Center Hours

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

About the Placer County Museums Division:

First established in 1948, the Placer County Museums Division has grown to operate eight 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 and Fruitvale Schoolhouse Museum, as well as our Gold Rush program at the 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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