Bernhard Museum Complex

  • placerThe Bernhard residence, one of Auburn’s oldest surviving buildings, was built as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel in 1851.
  • Location: 291 Auburn-Folsom Road in Auburn.
  • Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call (531) 889-4000
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Donner Memorial State Park, Emigrant Trail Museum

  • Depicts the history of the area and the people who came into this part of the Sierra, including local Native Americans, the Donner Party, and builders of the transcontinental railroad
  • Location: just west of downtown Truckee on the south side of I-80, 100 mi. east of Sacramento
  • Open daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; September to May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call (530) 582-7892
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Gatekeeper’s & Marion Steinbach Museum

  • placerFeatures collections of archaeological artifacts and basketry
  • Archive on local history
  • Location: 130 West Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City
  • Open May 1 to October 1, Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 15 to Labor Day, daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: adults $2, seniors and students $1.50, under 18 years are free
  • Call (530) 583-1762
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Maidu Museum & Historic Site

  • 30-acre site encompasses an ancient Maidu Indian site and a state-of-the-art museum
  • 1.5 hour trail tour visits petroglyphs, bedrock mortars, and the historic site
  • Museum features hands-on exhibits about Maidu culture
  • Location: 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville
  • Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours MondayFriday, by reservation
  • Admission: adults $5, seniors & students $4, children under 5 are free
  • Call (916) 774-5934
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Placer County Museum

  • Featured exhibit is the Pate Collection of Native American Art, containing artifacts from all of California, the Southwest, the Northwest Coast, Alaska, and the Eastern United States
  • Location: on the first floor of the historic Placer County Courthouse, 101 Maple Street in Auburn
  • Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the Placer County Museum Docent Guild will provide tours of the museum upon request.
  • Admission: free
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