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Admission is FREE on select dates all summer

Roseville, CA- Placer County Museums is excited to welcome everyone back to the Heritage Trail Museums Tour, with museums throughout Placer County offering free admission on select dates all summer.

A total of 18 museums from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe are participating in this year’s trail tour, now through Sept. 5.

Summer 2021

The tour will look different than previous years as some museums are unable to participate this summer. The tour’s routine of showcasing museums on designated dates has been eliminated and all museums are participating at once. Would-be visitors are encouraged to check the Heritage Trail website for dates and details, hereHeritage Trail museum tour returns for summer fun in Placer County.

“We are thrilled to reopen our museum doors to the public this summer as our staff has missed sharing our love of Placer’s history with visitors. The Heritage Trail is a great way to explore our rich history in our valley, foothills and mountain areas.”

Ralph Gibson, Placer County Museums Administrator

Participating museums include: the Bernhard Museum Complex in Auburn, Maidu Museum and Historic Site in Roseville, Griffith Quarry Museum in Penryn and Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City.

A full list of participating museums, free dates, opening hours and activities is available on the Heritage Trail Museums Tour blog. (Listed below) Heritage Trail museum tour returns for summer fun in Placer County.

The popular student scavenger hunt also returns this year to Placer County. Students who will be entering first through 12th grades in a Placer County school (or who are homeschooled in the county) in the fall can enter to win prizes, including a Samsung Galaxy tablet or a Kindle Fire.

Participating Museums

Roseville & Rocklin

Carnegie Library Museum, Roseville Historical Society
Phone: 916-773-3003
Address: 557 Lincoln St., Roseville, CA 95678
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10-2pm; Second Saturday of the Month, 10am-2pm

Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Phone: 916-774-5934
Address: 1970 Johnson Ranch Dr., Roseville, CA 95661
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9:00-2:00pm

Rocklin Historical Society Museum
Hours: Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm
Address: 3895 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin, CA 95677

Sierra College Natural History Museum
Phone: 916-660-7923
Address: 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677
Hours: Open when school is in session, 1st Saturdays, 10:00-12:00pm


Bernhard Museum Complex
Phone: 530-889-6500
Address: 291 Auburn Folsom Road, Auburn, CA 95603
Hours: July 3rd and 17th, 12:30pm-4pm

DeWitt History Museum
Phone: 530-889-6500
Address: 2985 Richardson Dr., Auburn, CA 95603
Hours: First Two Wednesdays of the month, 12:00-4:00pm

Gold Country Medical Museum
Phone: 530-863-3274
Address: 219 Maple St., Auburn, CA 95603
Hours: Most weekends, 10:00-3:00pm, call ahead

Gold Rush Museum
Phone: 530-889-6500
Address: 601 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 1pm-4pm

Placer County Museum
Phone: 530-889-6500
Address: 101 Maple St., Auburn, CA 95603
Hours: Daily, 10:00-4:00pm

Additional cities

Donner Summit Historical Society
Phone: 530-587-2160
Address: 21501 Soda Springs Rd., Truckee, CA 96161
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00am-4:00pm

Foresthill Divide Museum
Phone: 530-889-6500
Address: 24601 Harrison St., Foresthill, CA 95631
Hours: Weekends, 12:00-4:00pm through Labor Day

Fruitvale School Museum
Address: 2586 Crosby Herold Rd., Lincoln, CA 95648
Phone: 530-889-6500

Gatekeeper’s Museum
Phone: 530-583-1762
Address: 130 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00-4:00pm

Golden Drift Museum
Phone: 530-889-6500
Address: 32820 Main St., Dutch Flat, CA 95714
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00pm through Labor Day

Griffith Quarry Museum
Phone: 530-889-6500
Address: 7504 Rock Springs Rd., Penryn, CA 95663
Hours: Saturdays, 12:00-4:00pm

Museum of Truckee History
Phone: 530-582-0893
Address: 10065 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 11-5

Placer County Historical Society, Benton Welty School Room

Watson’s Cabin Museum
Phone: 530-583-1762
Address: 560 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145
Hours: Most weekends, 10:00-4:00pm, call ahead