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


Mon., September 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Labor Day

The Museum is Open

 

 

Mon., September 8, 1 - 3 p.m.: Celebrate Statehood Day @ the Museum

'California History Through Its Flags' Workshop

Story & Replica Flags by Jim Miller

Workshop open to both adults and kids

California has never been a stranger to strife or conflict and historically, some of those moments have brought about profound change. These historical incidents are often recognized by the flags created before, during or after the events. Accurate replica flags used in this presentation give substance to these stories and contribute to the appreciation of our State’s history.

There will be an activity after the talk for those who wish to craft a small version of the original California Bear Flag.

Cost $10 per person

 

 

September 13, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Saturday in the Mines

Free. Family. Festival.

     Live Musical Performance by The Stardust Cowboys (11 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 2 p.m.)

The Stardust Cowboys have nearly 30 years entertaining across the Western States delivering Cowboy & Western Swing music. An award winning band stacked with outstanding talent in songwriting, dynamic instrumentals & vocal harmonies featuring many originals including western traditional tunes reminisce of the ’40s-’50s Bob Wills, Spade Cooley & Gene Autry eras.

     3-Acres of Historical Exhibits

Home to one of the largest collections of wagons and carriages in the nation, Angels Camp Museum is a 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.

     Special Guest Exhibitors & Demonstrations

                  Stamp Mill, Print Press & Carpentry Demonstrations

                  California Blacksmith Association Demonstration

                  California State Parks

                  Angels Camp Museum Foundation

                  Ed Sims - Banjo Musician & Historian

                  Old Timers Museum

                  Friends of the Calaveras County Library

                  Calaveras County Historical Society

     Hands-On Activities for Kids

     Gold Panning Experience Station for $5

     Gift Shop

     Guided Tours at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

     Tasty Food Vendor Johnny's Mobile Food

 

 

Sat., September 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Museum Day

Free Admission

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 the Angels Camp Museum will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download a Museum Day Ticket. Museum Day is an annual nation-wide celebration of the dissemination of knowledge to anyone and everyone interested, without a price tag, emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.

Download Your Ticket Here

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

The Museum is Closed

 

 

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

The Museum is Closed

 

 

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

 

Nioma Mather, Senior Museum Clerk

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

 

Rebecca McCurdy, Museum Clerk

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

 

Jim Miller, Education Coordinator

(209) 736-2963  |  education@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

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