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The Museum occupies the first floor of Auburn’s historic Courthouse.
Photographs and artifacts help tell the stories of the different uses of the property.
Built in 1851 as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel
The Gold Rush Museum
The museum takes its name from the Golden Drift Historical Society.
The Griffith Quarry Museum is housed in the original Penryn Granite Works office
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.
On Sunday, October 7th the Bernhard Museum and Gold Rush Museum will be closed and the Placer County Museum will close early at 12:30 as we move our volunteers and staff to the Old Auburn Cemetery for the Cemetery Tour. The tour begins at 1:30 and is FREE. No tickets or reservations required, just show up and take the tour!
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.
The DeWitt History Museum
Forest Hill Divide Museum
The Gold Rush Museum
Golden Drift Museum
Griffith Quarry Museum
Placer County Museum
A repository for records generated by the county, donations of artifacts, maps and photographs as well as a local history and genealogy research center. The collection of county records includes records dating from the beginning of the county in 1851. Our collection includes over 15,000 photographs and over 20,000 artifacts. The temperature and humidity controlled storage facility is engineered to keep our history safe and intact.
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Meet the ghosts of the Old Auburn Cemetery. Witnesses, law enforcement, jurors, and murderers will rise from the grave to tell you their stories. October 7th at the Old Auburn Cemetery from 1:30 - 3:30pm.
Volunteers are the heart of the community