Gold Nugget Museum

Phone: 530.872-8722
Fax: 530.872.1050
502 Pearson Road, Paradise, CA

Welcome to the museum

Welcome to the Gold Nugget Museum

The Gold Nugget Museum was incorporated in 1973. Our mission is to preserve and protect The Ridge heritage through our collection and artifacts and with community education programs. More...

Contact Information

Street Address

502 Pearson Road,
Paradise, CA 95967

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(530) 872-8722



Gold Nugget Museum, Noon-4:00 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday

Paradise Depot Museum, Noon-4:00 p.m., Weekends and Holidays


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Gold Nugget Days Celebration Calendar

April 23, 2014


Thursday, April 24:

Opening Ceremonies/ Queen Contest Paradise Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm


Friday, April 25:

Highlanders and Miners Ball, Tickets are $25 in advance $30 per person at the door, Veteran’s Hall, 6:30 pm, 2 Bands:  Ha’Penny Bridge and Big Mo & the Full Moon Band along with the Thirsty Miner Pub


Saturday, April 26                 

Donkey Derby, Old Magalia, 9am – 10 am

Parade, Skyway 12:00 pm

Children’s Art Contest, Paradise Depot, 12:00pm – 4:00 pm

Carnival and Petting Zoo, Museum Grounds, 12:00 pm – 4 pm

Cowboy Chow Deep Pit BBQ, Museum grounds, 1:30pm – 4 pm

Children’s Costume Contest, Museum Grounds, 2 pm 

Melodrama, Paradise Performing Arts Center, 7:00 pm



Sunday, April 27

Barbecue Hoagie Lunch, Museum grounds,  12:00 pm

Children’s Art Contest, Paradise Depot, 12:00pm – 4:00 pm

Carnival and Petting Zoo, Museum Grounds, 12:00 pm – 4 pm

Melodrama, Paradise Performing Arts Center, 2:00pm

Drawing of registered badges for the gold nugget, Museum, 4:00 pm

Posted on March 11, 2014, at 8:02 pm

Highlanders & Miners Ball

Highlanders & Miners Ball Planning Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26th at the Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Rd. in Paradise, at 6:30p.m. Needed are the following: decorating committee, food and bar staff, ticket takers, I.D. Monitors, clean up crew and use of a U-Haul to remove anything left over! The caterer will take care of the food service, but may require some assistance from a few volunteers. Whatever you volunteer to do... we guarantee you'll have a great time with 2 bands on hand!

Posted on February 15, 2014, at 2:37 pm

Memorials available

The Gold Nugget Museum is once again offering memorial benches and picnic tables to honor family and friends. A well-crafted, sturdy wooden park bench with a handsome bronze plaque can be ordered for a donation of $300. The picnic tables, with two attached benches providing seating for six, are available for a $500 donation. You will choose the wording on the plaque and have a choice of attractive placement sites on the grounds. For further information, contact Thea Max at 877-8174.

Posted on September 2, 2009, at 12:50 pm

Come, join the Museum

Join the Gold Nugget Museum today! Members are invited to tours, lectures, and parties. They receive a monthly newsletter, twice-yearly Tales of the Paradise Ridge, the annual Gold Nugget Days tabloid, the Dogtown Nugget, and a ten percent discount at the Museum gift shop. For more information, contact the Museum at 530-872-8722.

Posted on April 27, 2009, at 12:28 pm

Build your legacy: Make a gift to the future

Remember the Gold Nugget and Paradise Depot Museums

The Gold Nugget and the Paradise Depot Museums preserve the past for the present and the future.

The repository of the treasures and memories of the Paradise Ridge, the Museums are home to exhibits and programs that educate and delight everyone who visits.

As an independent non-profit corporation, the Museums rely on support of the community to survive. The past and future need YOU.

One of the easiest ways to give to the Museums is in your will or trust. You can do so through the Paradise Community Foundation or by working with your personal estate planner. Your heirs receive the tax benefits, while the Museums are able to continue with their mission of preserving the history of the ridge for future generations to enjoy.

Posted on April 27, 2009, at 12:18 pm