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 Quartz 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. *Please note that the Museum will be open Wednesdays during this spring and summer 2016. Open Wednesdays start on March 2, 2016.

*Closed Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day


10-15-15 Museum Commission Agenda.pdf



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


Adults     $7

Children (5-11)     $3

Children (4 & younger) + Museum Members     Free

Gold Panning Experience     $5

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 $6 for adults and $2 for children.


Contact Jim Miller, Education Coordinator

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


School Field Trips

Our knowledgeable docents introduce students to California history, social studies, geology, ranching and 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 Here


Download the History of Angels Camp Here


Upcoming Events


New Exhibition Now Open!

Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

Scavenger hunts with prizes offered to kids of all ages!







Gold is Where you Find it: the Rush to Angels Camp

Guided Tours of the New Exhibit & More!

January and February only

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

1 - 2 p.m. on the following Thursdays: January 7, 14, 21 & 28 and February 4, 11, 18 & 25

Cost: free with museum admission ($7 adults, $3 children)

$5 gold panning offered all day



whatdoyoudowithanideaFriday, February 5, 10 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 and an art activity at the Angels Camp Museum!

What Do You Do With An Idea?

Written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.

This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started.

Art Activity: Watercolor art - similar to the book illustrations - to make a crown.

Program is held in the Museum's Carriage House

Cost: Free



Sunday, February 7, 2 p.m.: LECTURE

"The Other Author: Bret Harte" by Kim Pippa Tonnesen

Bret Harte - a teacher, Wells Fargo Expressman, apothecary assistant, miner, world-renowned author. His experiences are woven into the multitude of stories he penned in his lifetime and include tales of the characters and geography of the Mother Lode. Learn about his life, his writing, and how he impacted the literary world and Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties with his fiction.

Kim Pippa Tonnesen has a Master's Degree in English with emphasis in Rhetoric and Teaching Writing. She has lived in the Mother Lode the majority of her lifetime and enjoys researching histories of the famous authors that have traveled through our area.  Kim currently teaches Composition and California, World, and American Literature at Columbia College. 

Program will be held in the Museum's Carriage House with the heaters on!  Refreshments will be offered.

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

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.



The Museum is OPEN WEDNESDAYS this spring and summer 2016.  You asked and we listened!  Stop by the Museum on Wednesdays starting March 2.



Angels Camp Museum Foundation will Appreciate the Native Sons of the Golden West with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Sunday, March 6

1 p.m.

Officiated by Mayor Wes Kulm

Sincere thanks to the Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) for sponsoring twelve new outdoor interpretive signs at the Angels Camp Museum!

The Historical Preservation Foundation of the Native Sons of the Golden West presented the museum with a check for $2,335. This generous donation funded twelve signs needed to interpret outdoor artifacts including: Ol’ Beth, Just Jenny, an electric arc furnace and other outdoor mining and farming equipment. Guests finally have an answer to, “I wonder what that is?”

David Allen, Chairman of the Preservation Foundation, and Barney Noel, Treasurer, delivered the check last year. Both David and Barney are Past Grand Presidents of the Native Sons of the Golden West, and Barney Noel is Director of Historical Research for the NSGW. This donation is given in memory of Millard Smallin, a valued and missed member of NSGW.

Reception following the ceremony and...

LECTURE in the Carriage House by Barney Noel at 2 p.m.



living history day flyer

Come join us at the Angels Camp Museum for a truly rewarding experience.

History comes alive on the second Saturday in March, April and May as docents staff the Artisan’s Exhibits in the Mining and Ranching building. If you don’t know what we are talking about, it’s been too long since you visited your Museum!

The Artisan’s Exhibits include a Carpenter's Shop, Print Shop and Historic Textile Shop. Each shop will be staffed by informed docents ready to demonstrate their respective craft. Plan ahead and don’t miss this opportunity!




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 Medicine in the Gold Rush 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 carts 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



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  |  kimberlyarth@angelscamp.gov


Nioma Mather, Senior Museum Clerk

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


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
Email the City

Images of Angels Camp