Pioneer History Museum
Opened in 1932, this museum houses a very large collection of tools and other historical items used by people in the Gold Rush. A must-see for anyone who has any interest in Gold Rush history.
$3 Adults ($2.50/each for AAA members or groups of 15 or more)
Children Under 12 Free
Group/classroom tours on Tuesday and Wednesdays by prior arrangement. Please call (530) 538-2406
First opened in 1932 by the Native Sons & Daughters of the Golden West, and now operated by the City of Oroville, this museum was built as an oversized replica of a 49er’s cabin. The original building has been enlarged to now hold 6,000 square feet of historic treasures.
The collection concentrates on items illustrating the pioneers’ life up to the late 1920s. It includes such diverse items such as: antique pianos, the original Oregon City School organ, a grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, gambler’s items, dolls (including a doll from the Donner Party), a miner’s vest tailored to hold different size nuggets, and even a handmade gold needle.
The Indian artifact display contains one of the larger arrowhead and basket collections in the area. There is also a fascinating collection of Grand Army of the Republic memorabilia. One display is devoted to the lives of the Danforth and Boyle pioneer families, who founded the museum and kept it open for decades.
A visit here will give you a peek into the early California settlers’ lives!