Angels Camp Museum Angels Camp
Where is it at?
Angels Camp Museum
753 S. Main Street
Tel: 209 736-2963
Where are we going today?
Who loves history? We certainly do, and what better way to learn all about it than at a place where it all actually happened!
Angels Camp Museum is all about bringing to life the extraordinary stories of the past, and the history of Angels Camp is certainly fascinating!
This family friendly museum can be found on 3 acres of the historic Angels Quartz Mine site, and is brilliant for kids to learn. It's dedicated to giving an understanding of the gold country history of not only Angels Camp, but also of the Mother Lode region.
The Angels Camp Museum is actually home to one of the largest collections of carriages and wagons in the entire nation - how impressive is that!
When you visit, you can explore the beautifully landscaped historical park with it's outdoor exhibits, before heading indoors for more!
There are guided tours offered daily which are great for groups, otherwise you can enjoy a self-guided experience. You can stroll through exhibits that will teach out all about Medicine in the Gold Ruch, and even an exhibit all about that brilliant man named Mark Twain.
Kids always love looking at the two steam train traction engines, and exploring the mining equipment such as the overshot water-wheel (still in it's original location), as well as ore carts, a hydraulic monitor drills, and even a working model of a stamp mill!
Make sure you don't miss the Altaville Schoolhouse, which is one of the oldest and best preserved little red schoolhouse in the entire state of California!
History awaits at this fascinating museum at Angels Camp!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
10am - 4pm Thurs - Monday
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and major hoildays
School trips are so much fun here! Their knowledgeable educators introduce students to California history, as well as social studies, geology and ranching & mining life! Tours last 90 minutes, there is outdoor space for lunch, and there are great discounts! .
There are great restaurants in historic downtown Angels Camp so why not pick up something before you visit, so those tummies won't be rumbling!.
It's always a great idea to stock up on healthy snacks prior to visiting, so the energy lasts longer!.
Any Top Tips?
Keep an eye out for the special events that they are putting on, so you don't miss out!.
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call to see how accessible the museum is .
Can I get one of those?
Stop by the gift shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs including a copy of Mark Twain's notable story 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.' Kids souvenir goodie bags are only $1 each!.
Guided tours are offered daily for groups of 6 or more, and last around 90 minutes. Make sure you book 2 weeks in advance.
What people are saying?
by Kerry Leyden
This place was fantastic. We hit the museum(s) in every town we visit, and this was without doubt one of the most educational stops we have had. The building looks like a small town tourist trap from the road, but there is an amazing amount of 19th century stuff on display. I doubt that even the Smithsonian displays so many button shoes! The Mark Twain exhibit is very well done, also. Then there are the 3+ acres of grounds, the friendly docents. Do not miss this - if you are into California history, especially the Gold Rush, this is a must see....Read More
by A Google User
A LOT bigger than it looks. Actually it's like a little self-contained village full of info about Angels Camp and the county. One thing I've noticed after years of visiting Angels Camp... and the surrounding communities is that when you engage a local in a conversation about history they can usually tell you a story or 10.. This museum is no exception and we had a blast.
by A Google User
Amazing museum with scads of antiques! The docents were VERY knowledgeable and eager to share the history of their county. From the road it looks like a small-town little museum, but when you go in it opens to several buildings and acres of history. Must see.
by Kerry Leyden
This place was fantastic. We hit the museum(s) in every town we visit, and this was without doubt one of the most educational stops we have had. The building looks like a small town tourist trap from the road, but there is an amazing amount of 19th century stuff on display. I doubt that even the Smithsonian displays so many button shoes! The Mark Twain exhibit is very well done, also. Then there are the 3+ acres of grounds, the friendly docents. Do not miss this - if you are into California history, especially the Gold Rush, this is a must see. Be sure to bring your 4th grader.