Gold Nugget Museum

502 Pearson Road

The Gold Nugget Museum was incorporated as Gold Nugget Days Inc. in 1973. Its mission is to preserve and protect the Ridge heritage through our collection and with community education programs.

The Museum depends upon volunteers to make this happen. These volunteers include the fifteen member board of directors, our executive director, operations director and curator, the docents that greet you and make you feel welcome, as well as the hundreds of volunteers that help with each of the Museum events.

Our goal is to make the Gold Nugget Museum a destination for tourists as well as for our Ridge community. We want families to come to the museum, not only to learn about the history of the Ridge, but also to become part of that history. There are many hands - on events, such as the Days of Living History, which the entire family can participate in. The Museum has a school program, which is part of the curriculum for California history. Children spend an entire day on the Museum grounds, living in the 1850s. They become part of the history that they have studied and come away with a greater understanding of what our ancestors went through to survive.


Sara Smallhouse

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers. Had fun while learning new things. Love the outdoor area as much as the indoor mine exhibit! Fun gift shop too!

Leah Novak

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

I had a wonderful time and it's worth it to go. It has a lot to look at, a lot of great conversation starters, and a cute little gift shop. My favorite things were probably an old scythe, the gun collection, the barbed wire collection, a real postmark, the printing press, and old car. Remember, when you go, there is outside are, too!! I will definitely come back for Gold Nugget Days

Donna Brown

Saturday, July 22, 2017

We had a great time learning to gold pan. I had no idea there was so much to know. The instructor was amazing. He was patient and very knowledgeable with all of us. Thanks for such a great afternoon.

Haley Girl

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Nice fun place to learn more about history and fun to look for a history lesson

William Hartley

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This museum is located on the site of a Maidu Indian encampment and is a must see. It is truly one of treasures of Paradise!