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.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday
*Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
*Closed Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
The museum is located at 753 S. Main Street (Highway 49) in Angels Camp, CA 95222
Tel: (209) 736-2963
Children (5-11) $2.50
Children (4 & younger) + Museum Members Free
Gold Panning $5
Gold Country History in 3-Building Complex
Guided tours of the museum are offered daily during open hours with a reservation made at least two weeks in advance. Groups must be minimum of six and a maximum of 60 people. A tour lasts 90 minutes and costs $4 for adults and $2 for children.
Contact Jim Miller, Education Coordinator
(209)736-2963 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 daily during open hours with a reservation made 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 | email@example.com
New Exhibition Now Open!
Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bring family and friends to the museum during the upcoming holiday season. Walk the beautiful grounds. Discover three buildings of historical exhibits. Try panning for gold. Shop at the museum's gift shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs and fun stocking stuffers.
Wed., November 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: The Museum is OPEN on Veterans Day.
Wednesdays are normally a closed day at the Museum - we are open in celebration of Veterans Day. Come check out the special Veterans collection display in the Museum's Carriage House that honors the men and women who serve. Thank you!
Thu., November 26: The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Fri., December 4, 10 - 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time + Art Activity
Would you like to introduce your preschooler to the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history? Come join us for story time at the Angels Camp Museum!
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
Late one Christmas Eve after the town has gone to sleep, the boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the harness of the reindeer. The gift is granted. On the way home the bell is lost.
On Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the tree. The mother of the boy admires the bell, but laments that it is broken, for you see, only believers can hear the sound of the bell. In strange and moving shades of full color art, Chris Van Allsburg creates an otherworldly classic of the Christmas season.
Program will be held in the Museum's Carriage House
Sun., December 6, 2 - 3 p.m.: Lecture "Henry Pinkney Angell" by Jim Miller
Come join us as we explore new evidence about the life of our namesake Henry Pinkney Angell. Seaman, miner, entrepreneur and pauper, he lived a California life. Long-standing myths about Henry may be dispelled but a new narrative about his life might just rescue the man.
Program will be held in the Museum's Carriage House with the heaters on! Hot cider and pumpkin bread will be offered.
Cost: free for museum members, $10 non-members
Image courtesy of the University of the Pacific, Holt-Atherton Collection
Thu. and Fri., December 24 and 25: The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Fri, January 1: The Museum is OPEN on New Year's Day.
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
Volunteers are the strength and continuity of the Angels Camp Museum. As a volunteer, 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 lead school and public tours at the museum
- docents to conduct outreach for the Museum at community events
- exhibit volunteers to fabricate displays/build cases and counters
Learn more about how you can join our motivated team and take pride in being part of a vibrant organization.
Kimberly Arth, Director
(209) 736-2963 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nioma Mather, Senior Museum Clerk
(209) 736-2963 | email@example.com
Rebecca McCurdy, Museum Clerk
Jim Miller, Education Coordinator
(209) 736-2963 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Marsha Redding, Museum Clerk
Chuck Schneider, Museum Clerk
Suzie Barnett, Museum Clerk
Pauline Long, Museum Clerk
City of Angels
PO Box 667
584 S.Main St.
Angels Camp, CA 95222
Phone: (209) 736-2181
Fax: (209) 736-0709
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