Calaveras County Museum Complex

The Calaveras County Museum Complex offers historical artifacts and information on Calaveras County's history from the lives of the early Miwok natives, to California's Gold Rush and beyond.

Attractions: Calaveras County Archives

The Calaveras County Museum Complex includes the historic courthouse, jail yard and Hall of Records. It includes the upstairs portion of the Odd Fellows and Masonic Hall built in 1856. The museum contains displays dating to the Gold Rush era including information on the famous outlaw, Black Bart, the “Gentleman Bandit” who was jailed and tried here when he was finally captured in 1888. Their outstanding Mi Wok Indian exhibit includes artifacts, photos and quotes revealing the ancient Mi Wok lifestyle.

Calaveras County Museum Complex

Calaveras Historical Society in foreground | Lisa Boulton

Researching your family’s history in Calaveras County? Friendly, helpful staff at the Historical Society’s office, located on the lower floor of the Hall of Records, are happy to help you during their regular hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm with research and general information.

Calaveras County Historical Society | Lisa Boulton

Calaveras County Historical Society | Lisa Boulton

Their research fees are $15.00 per hour after the first half-hour, which is free. You can learn more about San Andreas history on our History & Culture page which also has some great old historic photos.

Calaveras County Museum phonograph

Phonograph at the Calaveras County Museum | Lisa Boulton

Charmingly, the historic courthouse is sometimes, though rarely, used to this day, when the modern courthouse calendar is filled.

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Calaveras County Museum gambling machines | Lisa Boulton

Gambling machines at the Calaveras county Museum | Lisa Boulton

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