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Address: 10301 Highway 49, Intersection of Hwys 49 & 132 (John Muir Historic Route), Coulterville, CA 95311
Phone Number:
+1 209-878-3015
10:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Often referred to as the Coulterville Museum, offers visitors a glimpse of...

Often referred to as the Coulterville Museum, offers visitors a glimpse of the life and times of early California, from the early 1800’s through the boom days of the 1849 California Gold Rush and the post gold rush era of the late 1800’s to early 20th century. Coulterville boasts 132 registered historic buildings, the museum is housed in one of them. The museum is unique in that its various displays feature relics specific to the local area. Both inside and external exhibits. Open Feb. - December, Wed. - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, Closed the month of January, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Free admission, donations always appreciated.

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Great little stop in Coulterville1

Came by with my three girls and spent some time learning about the local history. Nice little museum and the docent, Lynette/Lanette, was super friendly, informative and made the... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
San Jose, CA
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San Jose, CA
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4 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Came by with my three girls and spent some time learning about the local history. Nice little museum and the docent, Lynette/Lanette, was super friendly, informative and made the history center come alive. Highly recommend!

Thank Genkimari
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

A great place to stop, stretch your legs and absorb a bit of history while driving up (or down) Hwy 49. The museum is free. The lady there the day we went was very friendly, offering all kinds of tip and side roads to take. The exhibts were nice and you can see the reamaining walls of the old structure.... More 

Thank fungramma51
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

We were ready for a stop. The Tourist Information Center in the hotel was closed because of a fire. Across the street it had opened in a museum where we signed yet another visitor book because it helps them help other visitors in the future. At this stop there is a small gauge train that had been used for ore... More 

Redlands, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

it was cool, i like the little models they had and the old stuff - technically, i like just about any museum - they also offered gold panning (but we didn't have time to do that) I liked the old western parts of it

Thank sale w
Gold Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015

Lovely friendly ladies manning the museum and a really interesting stop with some great exhibits. Definitely pop in if you are travelling through Coulterville, we really enjoyed ourselves.

1 Thank krisbarr
Mariposa, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Fascinating museum located in historic building in a town that escaped moderization...a living, breathing ghost town! Relics and photos are all from local area from the gold rush era. Even the building is from that era!

2 Thank TulsaDale
Coulterville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2014

This wonderful, FREE museum was a pleasant stop as was a walk through the tiny "old west" town. We felt that we had stepped back in time a century of two! The docent that welcomed us provided many tidbits of local lure that added so much meaning to the displays!

3 Thank DaleMMR
Lodi, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We enjoyed visiting this historical landmark to learn more about the local area. The docent was very knowledgeable and shared with us about the history of Coulterville, the buildings, and the surrounding areas.

4 Thank JenniferC9
Coulterville, California, United States
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

I actually live in Coulterville, and that's a picture of the historic Hotel Jeffery. This little town has a great big heart.

3 Thank hwy132justtrippin
Coulterville, California
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

A great source of history about the town & surrounding areas. Also has a wonderful photographic history of town from back in the gold rush

2 Thank Leigh W

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