Home to one of the largest collections of carriages and wagons in the nation, Angels Camp Museum is an international destination with more than 30,000 square feet of exhibits on Gold Rush history. 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.
Stamp Mill | Jason B Smith
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. Also visit 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.
Guided tours of the museum are offered daily during open hours with a reservation. Call 209-736-2963 for more information.
Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic under native oak trees of China Gulch where the ’49ers prospected for gold. Enjoy their gold panning experience station and learn how to gold pan!
Stop by the gift shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs including a copy of Mark Twain’s infamous story ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.’ See the full list of Calaveras museums.
Altaville School | Carol Richarson