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Auburn’s sleek, newly updated Gold Rush museum reinterprets a 19th-century world for modern day families, who can pan for gold, delve into the mining experience, learn about long-ago settlers and pose for selfies, with a bag of hard-won loot. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Gold Rush Museum presents and updated and interactive look at California’s Gold Rush, which began in the Sierra Foothills. It features a mining tunnel, gold rush “Twitter wall,” many hands-on exhibits and an indoor panning stream that is wheelchair accessible.
The newly refurbished museum opened in 2018 and resides in the old Auburn Depot Building in downtown.
Filled with artifacts and furnishings from a bygone era, the Bernhard House transports visitors to a simpler time.
The museum prominently displays an ever-growing collection of vintage medical, pharmaceutical, nursing, and dental artifacts dating from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.
This museum presents an overview of Placer County history from the early Nisenan inhabitants through the latter half of the 20th century. It also includes the Placer County Gold collection, the renowned Pate Collection of American Indian artifacts and the original Thomas Kinkade painting “Auburn Centennial.”