If you’ve ever been curious about the history of Gold Country, the El Dorado County Historical Museum is the place to be. You could read articles online, but it’s a whole different experience being here in person and getting an up-close look at artifacts and original photographs. Visitors have been exploring the El Dorado County Museum since 1974, and now it’s your turn! See below to get a taste for the treasures you’ll find here! Plus, you can find a wealth of more historical sites, museums, and attractions in our free Vacation Guide! After immersing yourself in the stories of the past, you’ll leave with lasting memories of your own from a trip to El Dorado County!
Get a Glimpse Into the Past at the El Dorado County Historical Museum
Explore the Story of Gold Country
All throughout the El Dorado County Historical Museum, you can find display cases containing tools used by miners during the peak of the California Gold Rush. They have gold pans and stamp mills, and those are just the beginning! As you dig your way through the exhibits, you’ll discover a whole world of gold mining that you never knew existed. Plus, there are handwoven baskets and tools from the Native American tribes that lived here before and after the Gold Rush. The exhibits here take you on a journey along the El Dorado County timeline dating back over one hundred years!
Dive Into History in the Research Room
For a more personalized experience, feel free to step inside the Research Room on site. Here, you can lose yourself in the El Dorado County history via journals, photographs, and records. Volunteers are happy to guide you in your research from Tuesdays to Saturday each week. They are experts on all things related to El Dorado County, so feel free to ask any questions you might have. The answers are sure to fascinate you!
All Aboard the Western Railroad!
The El Dorado Historical Museum in Placerville, CA, also offers train rides along the oldest railroad West of the Mississippi River! Hop on to get an authentic, historical experience and enjoy the scenery of Gold Country along the way. Rides typically last 30 minutes and are available every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Settle in at Eden Vale Inn Nearby
You’re welcome to enjoy another treasure of El Dorado County which is nestled on ten beautiful acres in Placerville, CA. Our bed and breakfast will whisk you away to a world of relaxation and serenity with vibrant gardens, expert spa services, and luxurious accommodations. We’re only 15 minutes from the Museum and near all of the delightful things to do in Placerville!
We designed each of our guest rooms to offer a unique experience during your California getaway. For example, the Madrone room provides a soothing atmosphere with warm colors, vaulted ceilings, and a cozy king-size bed. You can lounge on the sofa and plan out your day as natural light pours into the room or step outside on the private patio with a soaking tub and stunning views. And, you can wake up to a fresh breakfast each morning to start your day off right.
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