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Shasta Cascade Museums

Shasta Cascade Museums Overview

Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Museums include the Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum, Sisson Museum, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Jake Jackson Memorial Museum, Weaverville Joss House, Loomis Museum, Gateway Science Museum, National Yo-Yo Museum, Gold Nugget Museum, Bolt's Antique Tool Museum, Chinese Temple & Museum and Museum of the Forgotten Warriors. From Mt. Shasta to Lassen Volcanic National Park and Redding to Yuba City-Marysville, discover an interesting museum in the Shasta Cascade.

Mt. Shasta Museums

Siskiyou County Museum is located off Interstate 5 from Montague Road (Hwy 3). It includes several historic and recreated structures from the mid-1800's including a log cabin, schoolhouse and church. Exhibits include firearms and artifacts from Native American Indians, fur trappers, gold miners, Chinese immigrants, early pioneers, the logging industry and more.

Siskiyou County Museum
910 South Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 842-3836

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The Weed Lumber Town Museum is located off Interstate 5 from Weed Boulevard (Hwy 97). It features many items from the turn of the century with an emphasis on the logging industry. Exhibits include oil lamps, saws, a logging engine, ore cart, cash register, school bell, cameras, typewriters and more.

Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum
303 Gilman Avenue
Weed, California 96097
(530) 938-0550

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Sisson Museum is located off Interstate 5 from W. Lake Street. Situated in the old Sisson Fish Hatchery building, it features rotating and permanent exhibits of Native American basketry, mountaineering equipment, a 1915 fire engine, HO gauge model train and more. The town of Mt. Shasta was known as Sisson until 1924.

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum
1 N. Old Stage Road
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
(530) 926-5508

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Modoc County Historical Museum is located off Highway 395 in South Alturas. It contains artifacts and firearms from 15th century to post World War II era and Modoc Indian artifacts over 8,000 years old.

Modoc County Historical Museum
600 South Main Street
Alturas, California 96101
(530) 233-2944

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Redding Museums

Turtle Bay Museum

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is located off Highway 299 one exit west of Interstate 5 in Redding. Situated along side the Sacramento River, Turtle Bay is a combination aquarium, museum, gardens, nature center and auditorium. Focus is on local history from Native American culture to the logging industry. The aquarium contains local fish species including sturgeon, salmon, steelhead, and trout in both large walled and glass floor aquariums. The giant Sundial Bridge that spans the Sacramento River is a must see. The Civic Auditorium hosts major events.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park
840 Auditorium Drive
Redding, California 96001
(800) 887-8532

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Northern California Veterans Museum is located east of Interstate 5 from Knighton Road. It focuses on global and domestic conflicts from the Revolutionary War and WWI to the present day War on Terror. Exhibits include artifacts and histories of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, Reserve and National Guard. Included in the collection are cannons, vehicles, weapons, uniforms, medals, memorials and more.

Northern California Veterans Museum
3711 Meadow View Drive #400
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 378-2280

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Behrens-Eaton House Museum is located west of Interstate 5 from Highway 44, near downtown Redding. It features a Victorian 1895 home owned by the Behrens-Eaton family and a display behind the home. Exhibits include war memorabilia, clothing, fine china and more.

Behrens-Eaton House Museum
1520 West Street
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 241-3455

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Jake Jackson Memorial Museum is located off Main Street (Hwy 299) just north of Trinity Lake Boulevard. It consists of several historic buildings including a cabin, barn, blacksmith shop and stamp mill. Exhibits include rare firearms, equipment from the mining, farming and ranching industries, clothing and artifacts from the local Chinese and Native American cultures.

Jake Jackson Memorial Museum
508 Main Street
Weaverville, CA 96093
(530) 623-5211

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Chinese Joss House Museum

Weaverville Joss House is located off Main Street (Hwy 299) in downtown Weaverville. Built in 1854, the Weaverville Joss House is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. The exterior features Chinese writing and architectural elements. Inside are art objects, pictures, mining tools and weapons that were used in the 1854 Tong War. This is an active Taoist temple and highlights the role played by Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush. The Weaverville Joss House is a California State Historic Park. Chinese New Year is celebrated here every year with a Lion Dance Festival.

Weaverville Joss House
Highway 299 and Oregon Street
Weaverville, CA 96093
(530) 623-5284

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Courthouse Museum

Courthouse Museum is located 6 miles west of Redding along Highway 299. It's part of the Shasta State Historic Park that includes a row of old, half-ruined, brick buildings and store fronts that were once the hub of a bustling 1800's mining town. Huge iron shutter doors are still framed by crumbling roofless structures. Historical documents and artifacts from the old 'Queen City' mining camp are on display.

Courthouse Museum
Shasta State Historic Park
Highway 299 and High Street
Shasta, CA 96087
(530) 243-8194

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Mt. Lassen Museums

Loomis Museum is located off Highway 44 east of Redding. Situated at the northwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park, it resides at the turnoff for Manzanita Lake and campground from Highway 89. Named after B.F. Loomis who documented Mt. Lassen's 1914-1915 eruption. Exhibits include photographs and photography equipment used to document the eruption and traditional Atsugewi Indian basketry. A small auditorium depicts the history, geology, flora and fauna of Mt. Lassen.

Loomis Museum
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Highways 44 & 89
Shingletown, California 96088
(530) 595-6140

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Lassen Historical Museum is located off Main Street (Hwy 36) in Susanville. It maintains and preserves the history of the Susanville region with rare photos, documents and artifacts. Roop's cabin is adjacent to the museum and was also known as Fort Defiance and once served as a trading post on the emigrant trail.

Lassen Historical Museum
115 North Weatherlow Street
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-4584

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Collins Pine Museum is located off Main Street (Hwy 36). It resembles the original Collins Pine Company sawmill that operated from 1943 to 2001. Exhibits include early logging equipment, interactive displays, a small theater and the sawmill that depicts the inner workings of timber processing in a mill. Emphasis is placed on the future of the lumber industry and sustainable forestry.

Collins Pine Museum
Collins Road
Chester, CA 96020
(530) 258-2413

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Plumas County Museum is located off Main Street (Hwys 70 & 89). It showcases Plumas County history from railroads and gold mining to the timber industry and emigrant trail. Exhibits include Maidu Indian basketry, Chinese artifacts, photographs, logging equipment, medical equipment, children's toys and more. The property contains several historic structures including a working blacksmith shop, stamp mill, gold miner's cabin and settler home.

Plumas County Museum
500 Jackson Street
Quincy, CA 95971
(530) 283-6320

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Chico Museums

Gateway Science Museum is located west of Highway 99 from E. 1st Avenue. Situated on the Cal State University Chico campus, it features exhibits on local eco-regions, ice age skeletons and photography of the Sacramento River. Ice age skeletons on display were recovered in local caves near present day Lake Shasta and include the short-faced bear and saber-tooth cat. Past exhibits included Backyard Monsters, Life in Boiling Acid, A Big Look at Tiny Things and Endangered Species of Northern California.

Gateway Science Museum
625 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 898-4121

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Chico Museum is located west of Highway 99 from 8th or 9th Streets. Situated in downtown Chico, focus is on the Chico region with exhibits including Native American arrowheads to the Chico Heat baseball team. Also emphasized is Chico's agricultural history of rice, wheat, fruit, nuts and more. It also hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year.

Chico Museum
141 Salem Street
Chico, CA 95973
(530) 891-4336

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The National Yo-Yo Museum is located west of Highway 99 from 8th or 9th Streets. Situated in downtown Chico, it houses the world's largest working wood yo-yo at 265 pounds as well as some of the earliest yo-yos from the 1920's to present day. Yo-yos can also be purchased from Bird in Hand.

National Yo-Yo Museum
320 Broadway
Chico, CA 95973
No Phone

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Colman Museum is located east of Highway 99 from Skyway Boulevard. It preserves the history of Butte Creek Canyon with exhibits of Civil War memorabilia, Indian basketry, Chinese artifacts, gold mining equipment, antique tools, clothing and more.

TIP: Plan a stop at the Honey Run Covered Bridge on your way to the Colman Museum.

Colman Museum
13548 Centerville Road
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 893-9667

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Chico Air Museum is located east of Highway 99 from Cohasset Road. Situated at the Chico Airport, it features an outdoor collection of jet and propeller driven aircraft and an indoor display of aeronautical artifacts, pictures and historic displays. Aircraft include a F-15, T-33, VP-67 Neptune submarine hunter, Reno air racer, glider plane and more.

Chico Air Museum
170 Convair Avenue
Chico, CA 95973
(530)345-6468

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Janet Turner Print Museum is located west of Highway 99 from 8th or 9th Streets. Situated on the Chico State University campus, it showcases over 3,500 fine art prints from around the globe and spanning six centuries. Artists represented include Dali, Goya, Rembrandt, Renoir, Tamayo and thousands more.

Janet Turner Print Museum
400 West 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929
(530) 898-4476

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Chico Art Center is located west of Highway 99 from 8th or 9th Streets. Situated in the historic Chico train depot, the Chico Art Center helps to promote the importance of art to the community. In addition to a gallery filled with the works of local artists, the center offers classes for anything from ceramics to painting and hosts art events throughout the year.

Chico Art Center
450 Orange Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 895-8726

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Patrick Ranch Museum is located off Highway 99 from E. Park Avenue. The Patrick Ranch is a working ranch from early settler days consisting of a ranch house, barns, blacksmith shop, orchard, garden, silos, water tank house and more. Visitors are encouraged to take part in old-time farm life with duties like making biscuits and churning butter while entertainment includes pony rides, a petting zoo, pie eating contests and live music. Open during the summer and for special events.

Patrick Ranch Museum
10381 Midway
Durham, CA 95938
(530) 342-4359

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Gold Nugget Museum is located off Highway 99 east of Chico on the Skyway. The Gold Nugget Museum and Paradise Depot Museum preserves the gold mining history and the historic logging railroad that once existed in Paradise. Exhibits include a vintage train depot, blacksmith shop, gold sluices, miner's cabin, schoolhouse, covered bridge and Maidu Indian artifacts. They hosts special events throughout the year including Gold Nugget Days, Days of Living History, Living History School Program and more. The Gold Nugget Days event commemorates the finding of a 54-pound gold nugget in 1859.

Gold Nugget Museum
Paradise Depot Museum
502 Pearson Road
Paradise, CA 95967
(530) 872-8722

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Oroville Museums

Bolt's Antique Tool Museum is located east of Highway 70 from Montgomery Street. Situated in downtown Oroville, it features tools from multiple industries and products. Exhibits include tools for blacksmith, farming, railroad, motorcycles, trucks, gas stations and more.

Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
1650 Broderick Street
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-2528

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C.F. Lott Home is located east of Highway 70 from Montgomery Street. Situated in downtown Oroville, the C.F.Lott Home is an historic Victorian home built in 1856 by an original gold rush pioneer. Features include the historic home, gardens and carriage house containing a 1922 Buick. The historic house includes antique furnishings, paintings, rugs, textiles, clothes, silver and glassware from 1849 to 1910.

C.F. Lott Home
1067 Montgomery Street
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-2497

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The Oroville Chinese Temple is located east of Highway 70 from Montgomery Street. Originally built in 1863 to serve the largest community of Chinese north of Sacramento, the temple today houses artifacts from the Chinese culture including embroidered tapestries, parade parasols, medicinal herbs and gold related items. The temple consists of several original buildings and a garden complete with Chinese plants and a fish pond. This is a working temple serving many eastern religions including Confucianism and Buddhism.

Chinese Temple & Museum
1500 Broderick Street
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-2496

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Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum is located east of Highway 70 from Montgomery Street. Displays and artifacts are from the 1800's period including a Victorian bedroom, kitchen, saddle shop, gun collection and Native American mural.

Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum
1735 Montgomery Street
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-2415

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Yuba City / Marysville Museums

Sacramento Valley Museum is located off Interstate 5 from E Street. Situated in the former Williams High School building of 1911, it features historic artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Exhibits represent local businesses and military conflicts from the Civil War to present day.

Sacramento Valley Museum
1491 E Street
Williams, CA 95987
(530) 473-2978

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Museum of the Forgotten Warriors is located east of Highway 70 from Beale Road. Situated next to Beale Air Force Base, it features over 50,000 items from the Revolutionary War to present day. Exhibits include helicopters, tanks, landing craft, uniforms, flags, weapons, photographs and much more. The Dog Tag Memorial honors the troops who have died during the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Museum of the Forgotten Warriors
5865 A Road
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 742-3090

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Community Memorial Museum is located off Highway 99 from Queens Avenue. It preserves the heritage of Sutter County with artifacts from Maidu Indians, early settlers, agriculture industry and more. Of special interest are John Sutter's Gun and the dressing table of Lola Montez. Other exhibits focus on Japanese Americans and the history of baseball.

Sutter County Museum
Community Memorial Museum
1333 Butte House Road
Yuba City, CA 95993
(530) 822-7141

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Western Pacific Railroad Museum is located off Highway 70 east of Graeagle. It houses one of North America's largest collections of trains and railroad paraphernalia. Over 100 pieces of rolling stock include locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, cabooses, maintenance vehicles and more. Train rides are offered every weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day. They travel one mile and last about 10 minutes in a historic Caboose. The WPRM also offers a Run-A-Locomotive program where visitors can run a diesel locomotive by the hour.

Western Pacific Railroad
700 Western Pacific Way
Portola, California 96122
(530) 832-4131

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