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  |


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  |


Upcoming Events

Thurs., October 2, 7 - 8 p.m.: "160 Year Anniversary Celebration of the Foundry" Lecture & Demonstration

by Bob Helvey and George Mather

The Foundry, California Electric Steel is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. Established in 1854 to service the Mother Lode mining industry, the foundry has continued to evolve over the years to meet the changing times and needs both locally and now nationwide. In 1985, the foundry was relocated to a new facility and completely updated.

"Co-owned by Bruce and Karen Whittle and Bob and Gretchen Helvey, the foundry's claim to fame is being the oldest steel foundry west of the Mississippi. It started as a blacksmith shop operated by J. M. Wooster and Andrew Gardiner. Because of the local demand for mining machinery, it became the Altaville Foundry and Machine Shop in 1854. Demand for machinery was high, so in 1857 Wooster and Gardiner built a larger foundry in Winterton, or Forks, as Altaville was called then, on the site of what is now the eastern side of Angels Towne Center along Highway 49. A partial stone wall from the original foundry building still stands there among the oaks." (February 15, 2013 article in Calaveras Enterprise)

Demonstration of making a mold to a raw casting of a steel claw used for a deep sea unmanned submarine.

Cost: free for members; $10 non-members



Mon, October 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Columbus Day

The Museum is Open



Thurs., October 16, 7 - 8 p.m.: "Olives in California's Gold Country" Lecture, Book Signing & Olive Tasting

by Authors Salvatore Manna and Terry Beaudoin

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Olives in California’s Gold Country by Salvatore Manna and Terry Beaudoin. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of the olive in the Gold Country.

The history of the olive in the Gold Country of Northern California is a story of the Spanish in the New World, of the Gold Rush, of immigrants from Italy and other Mediterranean countries, of bold pioneers, enterprising farmers and scientists, and of businessmen and businesswomen. Focusing on Calaveras County in the south and Placer County in the north, but also exploring the olive throughout most of Northern California, including olive havens such as Corning and Oroville, that story is told within these pages through rare and fascinating photographs. For those who wish to explore the olive in Northern California, whether its history, industry or technology, this volume provides both an appetizer and a satisfying entrée. As love of the olive grows, for the first time a book tells the tale of the olive tree, the king of trees, in the Mother Lode of California.

Sal Manna has been published in the California Historical Society’s quarterly journal, is the Founder and President of the Society for the Preservation of West Calaveras History, and has previously co-authored the Northern Calaveras County and Angels Camp and Copperopolis editions in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. 

Terry Beaudoin is the founder and owner of Beaudoin’s Olive Products in Valley Springs in Calaveras County.  A member of CalaverasGROWN, the Calaveras County Historical Society, and Big Trees State Park Association, he is also on the Board of Directors of the Calaveras Community Foundation.

Cost: free for members; $10 non-members



Mon., October 20, 10 - 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time + Art Activity

Pumpkins! Apples! Horse-Drawn Wagons! Let's Learn About Fall Harvest.

Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter       

The Great Pumpkin Switch by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Ted Lewin

Cost: Free for preschoolers and their parents                                              



Thurs., November 13, 7 - 8 p.m.: “The Cashmere Experience” Lecture

by Talibah Al-Rafiq

California Cashmere Company founded in 1990, is located in the Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County. The company does business internationally offering custom dehairing, brokering of fine cashmere, fiber grading, wholesale apparel and textiles. The Company's owners Ajamu and Talibah Al-Rafiq collectively have more than 30 years experience in management, programming, marketing and sales.

California Cashmere Company is the only commercial custom cashmere dehairer in the United States . The Company will scour, dehair and card the raw cashmere fleece to customer's specifications. Scouring is the washing of the cashmere fleece using control techniques. Dehairing, the process of separating the hair and the cashmere, is performed using technology specifically designed to dehair cashmere. This technology also cards; arranges or groups the fibers for spinning. The newly constructed, 259 square meters, processing plant is outfitted with state-of-the-art processing equipment. A computerized tracking system is used to track the status of each order from arrival through shipping. While the company is best recognized for the position it holds in custom cashmere dehairing, its entry into cashmere brokering is steadily growing.

As Cashmere Brokers, they buy raw imported and domestic cashmere. As Suppliers, they sell clean dehaired domestic and imported cashmere and stand behind the quality. Their offerings of wholesale apparel and textiles include 100% cashmere casual, business and evening apparel, plus web, yarn and cloth. California Cashmere Company has a highly trained staff of Fiber Specialists. These professionals are well experienced in determining fiber classification, quality and value. The owners recently spent time in China for additional training in cashmere fiber grading and processing. A recent industry report states that at the end of 1996, China had some 2,000 cashmere knitwear producers with a total processing capacity of 15,000 tons of raw cashmere annually. This capacity far exceeds remaining world cashmere production. The highly specialized training received from the world leaders in cashmere production greatly enhances the Company's services.

Cost: free for members; $10 non-members



Mon., November 17, 10 - 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time + Art Activity

Theme: American Indian Heritage

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

Retold by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Daniel San Souci

Cost: Free for preschoolers and their parents



Thurs., November 27 and Fri., November 28: Thanksgiving

The Museum is Closed



Mon., December 15, 10 - 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time + Art Activity

Theme: Dreaming of Trains

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Cost: Free for preschoolers and their parents



Thurs., December 25 and Fri., December 26: Christmas

The Museum is Closed



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.'


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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 guide school and public tours at the museum and conduct outreach
  • docents who are skilled and interested in hosting preschool storytelling programs
  • volunteers who are skilled and interested in writing grant proposals
  • exhibit and facilities volunteers who are skilled and interested in construction and carpentry projects
  • collections volunteers to conduct historical photo scanning, data entry and research

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  |


Nioma Mather, Senior Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963  |


Rebecca McCurdy, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963 |


Jim Miller, Education Coordinator

(209) 736-2963  |


Marsha Redding, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963


Susan Rudolph, Museum Clerk

(209) 736-2963


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
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