Gold Country History in 3-Building Complex

Guided Tours

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  |  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 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  |  education@angelscamp.gov

 

Download the Educational Packet Grades 4-6

 

Upcoming Events


Mon., September 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Labor Day

The Museum will be open.

 

 

Sat. September 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Saturday in the Mines

Annual Family Festival: A Free Admission Day at Your Community Museum

  • Live Music by the Sierra Mountain Band
  • 3-Acres Historical Exhibits
  • Special Guest Exhibitors
  • Stamp Mill, Print Press & Carpentry Demonstrations
  • Hands-on Activities for Kids
  • Gold Panning Experience Station for $5
  • Gift Shop
  • Johnny's Food Truck
  • Native Sons of the Golden West Sign Ceremony at 11 a.m.

This festival is FREE and everyone is welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri., October 2, 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 Great Pumpkin Switch

Story by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Ted Lewin

"I looked, but I couldn't believe what I saw. Rosie's pumpkin, bouncing down the front steps, thwump, thwump, thwump. All 34 of them. Then, splat!"

Grampa tells a story about a time when horse-drawn carts were just beginning to give way to automobiles, when a neighbor's backyard held a hungry pig, and when boys could as easily be called upon to stir a simmering pot of apple butter as to clean up a fallen tree.                                                      

Art Activity:  Make your own penny pumpkin, roll like a pumpkin and take a seed home to grow.

Program will be held in the Museum's Carriage House

Cost: Free

 

 

Fri., November 6, 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!

Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend from California's Yosemite Valley

Here is a delightful retelling of an authentic Southern Sierra Miwok legend concerning the origin of Yosemite Valley's El Capitan rock. Mother Grizzly Bear thinks that her two playful cubs are wrestling and having fun along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley while she is checking her fish traps. When she returns to join the cubs are nowhere to be found.

All the animal people of the village search vainly for the missing bears, until Red-tailed Hawk has located them high atop a huge granite rock on the valley's rim. Hoping to rescue the cubs, each of the animals in turn tries to scale the vertical wall, but each fails. The fate of the young bears rests with tiny Measuring Worm, who is the last to attempt to climb the hulking rock.

In this story about the value of all beings, the nature of courage, and other themes, masterfully retold by Robert D. San Souci and wonderfully illustrated by Daniel San Souci, young readers will discover how the bear cubs are saved, learn the traditional Miwok tale of how a rock grew to become one of Yosemite's most famous landmarks, and come to realize that being a hero has very little to do with one's size.

Program will be held in the Museum's Carriage House

Cost: Free

 

 

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

Cost: Free

 

 


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

 

Download the Spring 2015 Newsletter Here

Download the Summer 2014 Newsletter Here

 

 


Internship Opportunities

Tourism Marketing Internship - Click Here To Learn More

 


Volunteer

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.


Contact

Kimberly Arth, Director

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

 

Nioma Mather, Senior Museum Clerk

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

 

Rebecca McCurdy, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963

 

Jim Miller, Education Coordinator

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

 

Marsha Redding, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963

 

Chuck Schneider, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963

 

Suzie Barnett, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963

 

Pauline Long, 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
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