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“Great for Kids”

Gold Country Museum
Ranked #14 of 30 things to do in Auburn
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Owner description: Located in the heart of Gold Rush territory, this museum explores the history and legacy of this exciting era.
Modesto, California
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great for Kids”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

The museum isn't very big, but they do sell bags with small flecks of gold, so the kids can actually pan for gold. The museum was very informative about the life of a prospector and mining. Plus, it is free, so that was nice.

Visited May 2013
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Auburn, California
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360 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“A must see for your company”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

So many people who live in Auburn don't even visit this great museum. There is so much fantastic history in this museum. The Auburn Courthouse is a very well known place for many famous cases. The old courhouse rooms are still with very rich and lush woods.

The museum gives us a birds eye view of the Gold Country in the 1840's. According to the website, the exhibit starts with early Nisenan inhabitants through the latter half of the 20th century. It also includes the renowned Pate Collection of Native American artifacts and the original Thomas Kinkade painting “Auburn Centennial”. There is an original Sheriff's Office furnished in Circa 1800's with old time wanted posters.
There is a 44 pound gold nugget that is worth viewing. It is highly guarded!

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank GrammyJ43
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Turlock, California
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fair Grounds”
Reviewed 16 November 2012

Here's a hint for finding it - When you drive into the designated area, drive to the bottom of the hill and turn right. There is parking right in front of the museum. This will make it much easier of less able bodied people to get there.

Lots of Gold Country history, a mine to walk through and a reproduction of an old saloon.

Visited November 2012
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Lansing, Michigan
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Fun panning for gold”
Reviewed 31 August 2012

If you don’t have the time to drive to the Empire Mine State Historic Park, make a visit to the Gold Country Museum in Auburn. My five-year old grandson had a great time panning for gold right inside the museum, thanks to the very helpful museum volunteer. There’s a small hard rock mine display and other exhibits on gold mining life. The museum is inside the Gold Country Fairgrounds on High Street; when you enter the fairgrounds, you’ll find the museum at the end on the right.

Visited August 2012
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Placerville, California
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282 reviews
160 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Gold Country Museum”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Check it out if you are into Gold Country historical stuff.

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1 Thank DaisyS01
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