El Dorado County Historical Museum

The mission of the County Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret our local history. The Museum is packed with artifacts, documents, and photographs that belong to the history of the people of the county. Because the County Museum tells the story of El Dorado County through its unique collection of artifacts, it is like no other museum!

The Museum preserves and interprets the history starting with the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now known as El Dorado County. It continues with El Dorado County's history of the Gold Rush, the Logging Industry, Transportation, Commerce and Community, Railroads, and Agriculture.

Interested in exploring your past?  The County Museum has a large Research Room devoted to the history of the people, places and events of El Dorado County.  Genealogy, mining, historical photographs and historical maps are all available on Tuesdays and by appointment. Docent-led tours are available during open hours.

The County Museum is closed every Monday, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  The Museum is located just off Highway 50 next to the El Dorado County Fair Grounds.  Free Parking is available in front of the Museum on Placerville Drive.

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Seasons Open

Year Round - see above for exceptions

Hours Open

Wed thru Sat, 10 AM - 4 PM, and Sunday 12 PM - 4 PM



Eco-Friendly Notes

The County Museum is devoted to preserving and interpreting artifacts from the county's past.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The County Museum is on one level with ADA accessible bathrooms.

Pet Friendly Notes

Only service animals are admitted inside the County Museum.

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