Quality Inn Auburn - Foresthill
13490 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 885-7025
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Arts & Museums
The Gold Country Museum gives a glimpse of Placer County’s Gold Rush history with tunnel exhibits, miner's cabin and more. Explore the mystery trunks and pan gold to know more about the Gold Rush that took California by storm in the mid-nineteenth-century. The interactive exhibits which are kind of hands on will delight everyone visiting the museum.
Formerly a house and a hotel, this complex was then transformed in to a winery by its German owner. Later, it was transformed in to a museum, namely the Bernhard Museum Complex that showcases exhibits pertaining to that era and wine-making industry. For more details, call ahead.
Located at the edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain's foothills, the Griffith Quarry Museum was site of the Penryn Granite Works office. The quarry was a granite miner and spans across 23 acres (9.31 hectares) of land comprising of interactive exhibits, period office furniture, displays of the granite industry and more. Explore the ruins of the polishing mill, the first of its kind in the state, to know more about the granite quarry. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Maidu Museum & Historic Site preserves the legacy of the Nisenan Maidu people who had inhabited the land for more than a thousand years. Apart from preserving this cultural site, the museum also hosts events and other programs on a regular basis.
When country singer Johnny Cash sang "Folsom Prison Blues," America became familiar with this rough granite-walled state penitentiary. The prison was built in 1880 to handle the overload from San Quentin. Tours of the prison are not offered; however, the displays in the museum offer a realistic view of what life is like on the inside. Especially frightening is the display of weapons prisoners have made from everyday items. You can purchase crafts and other items made by prisoners. Admission is USD2 for persons age 12 and up.
The four galleries in this seven-year old museum offer a glimpse into the past. Some visitors will recognize a particular telephone and remember “how it used to be.” On display are more than 100 early wall telephones, early telephone booths and old technology going back to the 1890s. As far as current equipment, technology buffs will appreciate the cutaway of a typical underground cable vault and a display that commends the wonders of fiber optics. Admission is $1 for age 13 and older. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Exhibits at this museum include Gold Rush displays, mining and agricultural artifacts, local Native American baskets, and a collection of narrow gauge railroad equipment, such as a Shay locomotive. It also features a large research collection on local history and genealogy.
The old Folsom Powerhouse on the American River has changed little since its completion in 1869. Built by H.P. Livermore, the two-story Tennessee marble structure still has its original generators, transformers and switchboards. When the powerhouse was in operation, the transformers delivered from 800-11,000 volts of electricity 22 miles downstream to Sacramento. Today, visitors can view all of the old works including the canal system, which channeled water from the dam.
The North Star Powerhouse is now a museum. This historic landmark exhibits gold mining artifacts including a stamp mill, Cornish pump and a large Pelton wheel. This site is also renowned for having one of the largest tangential water wheel in the world. Built in 1895, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Formerly a typical soda factory, The Fountain-Tallman Soda Works was transformed into the Fountain & Tallman Museum. The site is currently managed and maintained by the El Dorado County Historical Society. Owing to the specific requirement of the soda factory, the construction material and designing style used were to keep the ice and soda chilled. Hence, this building was able to withstand fires that engulfed its neighboring structures. At the museum, you can check-out the few remnants of the factory as well as exhibits pertaining to Placerville.
This museum is a beautiful facility that is striving to preserve and maintain the narrow gauge railroad. The museum has a number of exhibits which attempt to show the history of the railroad and the artifacts belonging to that era. Many engines and locomotives used in the olden days have been displayed here. Guided tours of the museum are available in order understand the railroad's history in a much detailed manner.