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Placerville Historical Museum

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Address: Placerville, CA
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+1 530-626-0773

Located in the oldest building in Placerville.

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Small but interesting!

Quick visit, quick stop! Small but very informative on the town's history. Really enjoyed. It's free, just gave a small donation to help out. Really sweet couple working there as... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2016
Diana S
Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Not a lot of people visit this museum which is a shame because it is a gem for anybody interested in the history of Placerville and the surrounding Gold Country. Going through the doors is to pass through a magic portal into the past. Please, if you visit Placerville, in between the many fine antique stores and wonderful restaurants take... More 

1 Thank Michael K
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

Quick visit, quick stop! Small but very informative on the town's history. Really enjoyed. It's free, just gave a small donation to help out. Really sweet couple working there as well!

2 Thank Diana S
Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

The building and interior furnishings and pictures were informative and the docents knowledgeable of the early years of Placerville. All seem to be from about 1850.

1 Thank PGT4UPGT4U
Ione, California
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74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

My friend and I stopped here on a quick getaway. We both love learning about local history and this place was a little gem. The volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable.

1 Thank Madrigal95640
Placerville, CA
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a darling museum owned by and run by the El Dorado County Historical Society. Dry Diggins, then Hangtown, and now Placerville was the site of early gold rush activity beginning 1848 after gold was discovered 7 miles way at Sutters Mill in Colma, California. Displays tell about gold and the people who lived in the gold fields; and... More 

1 Thank TravelPeanut
Placerville, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 April 2016

The 2 ladies manning the place were great. Educational, friendly and were even ready to be educated more. They can help miners trying to get educated on traditional mining districts and the area history.

1 Thank familyman86426
Virginia Beach, VA
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265 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Showed up to the museum late around 1 pm on a weekday. It was closed. Hours/days of operation were not posted. No one around town could tell us when to come back. No phone was listed. Disappointed. There was a cardboard clock face in the window that said they'd be back at 11:00....

1 Thank Ginny000
Placerville, California
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Local historians take their time to share the gold rush history of Placerville, with stories you will hear nowhere else!

Thank travel69mom
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

You will be greeted by an earnest volunteer who is more than happy to give you travel tips about modern Placerville, as well as point out some of the interesting historical artifacts they have there. For example, they have the skis that Snowshoe Thompson fashioned as the mode of travel from Carson City to Placerville in the winter with his... More 

1 Thank Barbara K
Placerville, CA
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21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Very tiny museum in the heart of historic downtown Placerville, this museum is located in the original soda works building dating to 1852. Today it holds artifacts and exhibits about Placerville's history, and displays furnishings from a prominent resident. Fountain-Tallman Museum is owned and operated by the El County Historical Society. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10AM-4PM Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving,... More 

1 Thank Shafsky

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