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The Museum occupies the first floor of Auburn’s historic Courthouse.
Built in 1851 as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel
The Gold Rush Museum
The Griffith Quarry Museum is housed in the original Penryn Granite Works office
The Forest Hill Divide Museum focuses on the history of the Foresthill area
This museum focuses on the history of the Dutch Flat region.
For guided tours, coming face to face with 100 year old objects, tracking down your family history and much more, your journey to the past begins right here.
Please note the Placer County Museum, the Bernhard Museum, the Gold Rush Museum and the Griffith Quarry Museum will all be closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, December 24 & 31.
Interactive map lets you find parks, trails and more
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.
A repository for records generated by the county and a local history and genealogy research center. The collection of county records includes records dating from the beginning of the county in 1851. This includes over 15,000 photographs, as well as original bound copies of Placer County's first newspaper, the Placer Herald.
The Placer County Collections is where thousands of artifacts that chronicle over a hundred years of life in the county are stored. The temperature and humidity controlled storage facility is engineered to keep our history safe and intact.
To get up to the minute info on all the great things we're up to, click on the links below. For a more in depth take on historical goings on, check out our online newsletter.
Genealogy: Jumpstart Your Family Research - Join Barbara Leak to learn the basics of genealogical research at this hour-long jump into building your family history. January 20, 1:00 p.m. at the Placer County Archives, 11526 C. Avenue, Auburn, CA. LIMITED SEATING: RSVP to Katy Bartosh at 530-889-6506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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