Explore. Experience. Have Fun. It's the Mother Lode

Angels Camp Museum is the premier local history museum in Northern California. Located on a 3-acre site of the historic Angels Mine, the museum dedicates collections to inspire understanding of the gold country history of Angels Camp and the Mother Lode region. We create opportunities for learning, discovery and bring to life the extraordinary stories of our country’s past.

The museum is managed by the City of Angels Camp.

Hours

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.      Thursday to Monday

 

*Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after, Christmas Eve & Christmas Days

 


Location

The museum is located at 753 S. Main Street (Highway 49) in Angels Camp, CA 95222
Tel: (209) 736-2963


Admission

Adults     $5

Children (5-11)     $2.50

Children (4 & younger) + Museum Members     Free

Gold Panning     $5

Gold Country History in 3-Building Complex

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the museum are offered daily during open hours with a reservation at least two weeks in advance. Groups must be minimum six people and maximum 60 people. A tour lasts 90 minutes and costs the same as general admission group rate.

Contact Jim Miller, Education Coordinator

(209)736-2963  |  education@angelscamp.gov

 

School Field Trips

Our knowledgeable educators introduce students to California history, social studies, geology and ranching & mining life.

Guided school tours of the museum are offered Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a reservation at least two weeks in advance. Group size is limited to 60 students; however, tours can be scheduled on multiple days. A tour lasts 90 minutes and outdoor lunch space is available upon request.

Cost: $2 students (12 & younger), $4 students (13+), chaperones free (1 adult per 5 students) and $4 extra chaperones.

Contact: Jim Miller, Education Coordinator

(209)736-2963  |  education@angelscamp.gov

 

Upcoming Events


Saturdays, Apr. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 1 - 2 p.m.: Jump Into Spring Tours

Bring family and friends for a guided tour of the museum's spectacular collections. Our knowledgeable educators are happy to tell you all about the gold country history of Angels Camp and the Mother Lode region.

You can also view two steam traction engines and exhibits highlighting mining equipment such as an overshot water-wheel in its original location, a hydraulic monitor, drills, ore cars and even a working model of a famous stamp mill.

Cost: free with museum admission.

Image courtesy of Ben Davidson.

 


Thursday, Apr. 10, refreshments 6:30 p.m., lecture 7 - 8 p.m.: Lecture

"Cowboys and Their Ranches"

Please join some of our local ranching family members as they relate the history of their ranches, tell stories of life on the ranch and describe how ranching operations have changed over the years.

Cost: free for museum members, $10 non-members

Become a member and receive free entry to six annual lectures and unlimited free admission to the museum for one year. Sign up today!

Image courtesy of the 2013 Bret Harte Digital Photography Class.

 


Thursday, Apr. 17, 7 - 8 p.m.: Lecture

"The History of the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee" by Bob Trinchero and Laurie Giannini

The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee is one of the longest running events in the State of California. Its earliest roots date back to 1893, held that year in Copperopolis, the fair eventually found a permanent home outside Angels Camp. In the spirit of the old movie classic "State Fair," the fair is a blend of entertainment, exhibits, livestock, arena events, great food and its signature event: the Frog Jump. This piece of Americana will have you leaping to return year after year.

Today, few events illustrate the gold rush era as well as the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. Each May, the entire community celebrates its history and its future. The tradition of county residents showing off their best still holds true today. In 2002 the fair had more than 7000 exhibits and the junior livestock auction generated over $350,000 for the county's youth.

The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee has grown to an event with more than 35,000 attendees. It is estimated that the Calaveras County Fair generates approximately 25.5 million dollars in revenue through hotels, restaurants, retail, payroll and other related revenue throughout the community.

Cost: free for museum members, $10 non-members

Become a member and receive entry to six annual lectures and unlimited free admission to the museum for one year. Sign up today!

 


Sunday, Apr. 20: Easter

The museum is closed.

 


Thursday, Apr. 24, 10 - 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time and Art Activity

Would you like to introduce your preschooler to the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history? Come join us for storytelling at the Angels Camp Museum!

This month's theme is frogs

This program is FREE to preschoolers and their parents.

 

 


Thursday, May 22, 10 - 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time and Art Activity

Would you like to introduce your preschooler to the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history? Come join us for storytelling at the Angels Camp Museum!

This month's theme is Mark Twain

This program is FREE to preschoolers and their parents.

 

 

 

 


Monday, May 26: Memorial Day

The museum is closed.

 


Thursday, Jun. 26, 10 - 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time and Art Activity

Would you like to introduce your preschooler to the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history? Come join us for storytelling at the Angels Camp Museum!

This month's theme is barns & farming

This program is FREE to preschoolers and their parents.

 


SAVE THE DATE

Sat., September 13, 2014

Saturday in the Mines: Free Family Festival

 

 

Exhibits

Home to one of the largest collections of carriages and wagons in the nation, Angels Camp Museum is an international destination. Visitors can stroll through the beautifully landscaped historical park to explore extensive indoor and outdoor exhibits that include a doctor's office and The Mark Twain Exhibit, as well as ranching and artisan exhibits.

Continuing through the museum, visitors can also view two steam traction engines and exhibits highlighting mining equipment such as an overshot water-wheel in its original location, a hydraulic monitor, drills, ore cars and even a working model of a famous stamp mill.

Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic under native oak trees of China Gulch where the '49ers prospected for gold.

Make sure to check out the Altaville Schoolhouse - one of the oldest and best preserved little red schoolhouses in the state, and the historical Sam Choy mercantile that tells the story of Chinese culture in downtown Angels Camp.  

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.'

 

 

Become a Museum Member

 

Download a Membership Application Here

 

 

 

 

Internship Opportunities

Exhibit Design Internship - Click Here To Learn More

Tourism Marketing Internship - Click Here To Learn More

 

 

Volunteer

Volunteers are the strength and continuity of the Angels Camp Museum. As a volunteer, we hope that you will gain personal satisfaction from participating in the crucial task of preserving and interpreting the museum's extensive collection of historical artifacts. It is through our volunteers that the importance of this place, and the necessity of our mission, is communicated to the general public.

There are numerous benefits to being a volunteer. You will receive training; enjoy a complimentary museum membership; and receive 10% off gift shop merchandise. Volunteering at the museum is a great way to meet new people, share your talents and engage your community in understanding the gold country history of Angels Camp and the Mother Lode region.

We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers in the following areas:

·         docents to help lead school and public tours at the museum and conduct outreach

·         administration volunteers to assist with grant writing

·         exhibit and facilities volunteers to work on projects

·         collections volunteers to conduct historical photo scanning

Learn more about how you can join our motivated team and take pride in being part of a vibrant organization.

 

Contact

Kimberly Arth, Director

(209) 736-2963  |  kimberlyarth@angelscamp.gov

 

Rebecca McCurdy, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963 | exhibits@angelscamp.gov

 

Jim Miller, Education Coordinator

(209) 736-2963  |  education@angelscamp.gov

 

Nioma Patrick, Senior Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963  |  giftshop@angelscamp.gov

 

Marsha Redding, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963

 

Susan Rudolph, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963  |  collections@angelscamp.gov

 

Chuck Schneider, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963

 

Contact Information

City of Angels
PO Box 667
584 S.Main St.
Angels Camp, CA 95222
Phone: (209) 736-2181
Fax: (209) 736-0709
Email the City

Images of Angels Camp