The Gold Nugget Museum was incorporated as Gold Nugget Days Inc. in 1973. Its mission is to preserve and protect the Ridge heritage through the collection and display of local artifacts, and with community education programs.
Sadly, this location was destroyed during the Camp Fire wildfire which swept through the Paradise Ridge Community on the morning of November 8, 2018. Thankfully our Depot Museum in the Paradise Community Park was untouched by the fire, and we foresee opening headquarters there while we work through the recovery and rebuilding process. Please check back here for updates.
If you would like to contribute to our rebuilding efforts, please contact us through this website or click on the link for our GoFundMe.
The Museum depends upon volunteers to make this happen. These volunteers include the 15-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, in which the entire family can participate. The Museum has two school programs, which are part of the curriculum for California history. Children spend an entire day on the Museum grounds, living in the 1850s in the Pioneer School Program, or learning about the Native Maidu traditions in the Maidu School Program. They become part of the history that they have studied, and come away with a greater understanding of what our ancestors or native groups went through to survive.
The Museum has a wonderful collection of Maidu Indian artifacts, including a replica of a Maidu woman grinding acorns. On the grounds, you will see a blacksmith shop, gold sluices and a miner's cabin, a schoolhouse, and a covered bridge that spans the width of a rushing creek. These exhibits come alive during special events such as Gold Nugget Days, Days of Living History, Living History School Programs and other special events during the year.
It is our hope that you will come see for yourself what a wonderful place the Gold Nugget Museum is!