Indian Valley Museum

The Maidu Indians were the valley's original inhabitants, and their influence on the region has provided a unique cultural background. Established in 1973, the Indian Valley Museum in Taylorsville showcases the rich traditions and history of the Maidu, as well as the early settlers, miners, ranchers and loggers from Indian Valley and the surrounding areas.  

The Museum includes five large rooms that house Native American and other local exhibits, and a new addition features a large display of rocks, minerals, and mineral carvings.  The Indian Valley Museum houses many artifacts representing the 1860s through the 1940s.  There are over six hundred fascinating photographs depicting life as it was in Indian Valley, and a large collection of historic clothing, kitchen tools and appliances, a collection of Maidu Indian baskets, arrowheads and other artifacts.

Rich in beauty and history, Indian Valley includes the communities of Greenville, Taylorsville, Crescent Mills and Canyon Dam in the Plumas National Forest. Surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop, the valley is dotted with ranches, old barns and grazing cattle. The most alluring aspect of this verdant meadow is its serenity. Quiet roadways and beautiful vistas make Indian Valley one of the best spots in the county to take a scenic drive, especially during the spring and fall. The valley is also popular with bicyclists and hand gliders, and is the setting for a number of yearly bike rides and races.

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Latitude: 40.0743447 Longitude: -120.8368984 Elevation: 3560 ft
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Seasons Open

Memorial Day through the last weekend in October

Hours Open

1 pm to 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment


Free admission, donations accepted.

ADA Accessibility Notes

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Pet Friendly Notes

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I will visit this April or May.

Andy Moser, 10/8/2013

I’ve lived in the Taylorsville area for over 30 years, but it took me about 20 years until I finally visited the museum. Since then, I have been back numerous times as it is my favorite museum in the area. There is so much history in Indian Valley, along with many families that have lived here for generations. To see a friend's ancestors, homes or property as it was over 100 years ago, is is such a delight. There is always someone volunteering there that has many old stories of days gone by, to make your visit even more enjoyable. I also love the beautiful cemetery next door to the museum, with lovely old headstones, poetry inscribes and history too.

Emily Webb, 10/8/2013

This is a wonderful museum. The photo is of the annex, which contains larger historic items. The museum itself is next to it. I do know that the museum is now wheelchair accessible. There is so much to look at and enjoy. It opens this season on May 16, 2015.

Diane McCombs, 4/30/2015

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