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Great museums to visit in Placer County

Looking for something fun to do during the weekend? Why not visit some of the many terrific museums in Placer County! The museums throughout the county cater to a wide variety of interests, including history, science, winter sports, medicinal practice, and more.

Here are some of the best museums you can check out around Placer County:

Sierra College Museum of Natural History
Rocklin, CA

The Sierra College Museum of Natural History is home to an array of fascinating exhibits, including a replica of a narwhale skull, a complete manatee skeleton, an actual baleen plate of a bowhead whale, and a complete 38-foot-long skeleton of a California gray whale. The museum also features an expansive outdoor section, where visitors will be able to see desert gardens, mining exhibits, a rock walk, and sidewalk art depicting large extinct creatures.

Tahoe Maritime Museum
Tahoe City, CA

Founded in 1987, the Tahoe Maritime Museum is a venue designed to preserve and present to the public Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history. The museum was created through the generous funding, countless hours, and donated boats and artifacts from many residents of Tahoe and beyond. One of the highlights of the museum is its Watercraft Collection, which rivals the collections of the top maritime museums in the country. The mix of race, work, and leisure boats in the collection serves as a reflection of Lake Tahoe’s storied STEVE GILLIS AGENT IMAGE MARKETING
past. The collection boasts over 30 vessels that include a salvaged 1890s steam launch, a fleet of luxurious powerboats from the 1960s, and historic
boats built by renowned California builders and nationally significant factories.

Foresthill Divide Museum
Foresthill, CA

Located in Memorial Park, Foresthill, the Foresthill Divide Museum offers visitors a glimpse of what life in the Foresthill Divide was like during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the exhibits you’ll find include artifacts from the Gold Rush, educational displays on Native Americans, early recreation and transportation methods, a logging exhibit that features a scale model of the lumber mill, a computer-based slideshow, and several rotating exhibits.

    Olympic Museum
    Olympic Valley, CA

    Travel back in time and relive the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. Located at High Camp, the Olympic Museum features a unique collection of rare memorabilia, including authentic Team USA uniforms and equipment used by famous Olympians such as Julia Mancuso, Nate Holland, Marco Sullivan, and Travis Ganong. Also included in the museum’s collection are news articles and video highlight reels of the many notable moments that took place during the 1960 Winter Olympics.

    Gold Country Medical History and Museum
    Auburn, CA

    Gold Country Medical History and Museum is home to a growing collection of medical, pharmaceutical, dental, and nursing artifacts used during the mid-19th to mid-20th century. Located on the site of the original 1855 Placer County Hospital, the museum is sure to amaze visitors with its fascinating collection of odd quackery devices, extensive assortment of vintage pharmaceutical bottles and medicines, and antique diagnostic tools and surgical equipment. It also features a full-sized operating room display complete with all of the surgical instruments.

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