Arts and Culture :
Gold Nugget Museum|
The Gold Nugget Museum is a history museum of the Paradise Ridge in the
Sierra-Cascade foothills about 90 miles north of Sacramento. While the Museum covers the full range of human history on the Ridge, its focus is on the Gold Rush years. The largest almost pure gold nugget ever found in California, 54 pounds, was discovered here in 1859.
There is no admission fee, although donations are gratefully accepted. The Museum is a community leader in commemorating California's 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold and becoming a state.
The Museum's community programs draw visitors from all over California. Gold Nugget Days in April celebrate finding the 54-pound nugget. Days of Living History in September recreate the chores, fun and lifestyles of the past. The Haunted Forest and Pumpkin Land in October offer youngsters thrills and treats, and the Spaghetti Feed and Auction in November is an evening of good food and good fun. The Museum also sponsors the Paradise Pow Wow in June and the Traveling Indian Village, which takes a Native American living history experience to area schools.
During the summer months, Saturday and Sunday afternoons are living history with gold panning, a working blacksmith shop and occasional demonstrations of settler chores and crafts, such as candle making, rope making, corn husk dolls, Native American crafts and old-time laundry . The gift shop offers related souvenirs and gifts, such as ironware, candle molds and craft kits.
The Living History School Program at the Museum, in which fourth-grade classes relive the settler experience as part of the school curriculum, lasts throughout the spring.
The Museum's extensive grounds and Memorial Park may be reserved by private groups.
502 Pearson Rd., Chico
Phone: (530) 872-8722
Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 4:00 p.m.