Bernhard Museum Complex

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Bernhard Museum Complex
Bernhard Museum Complex is located in California
Bernhard Museum Complex
Location within California
Location Auburn, California
Coordinates 38°53′30″N 121°04′32″W / 38.891642°N 121.075591°W / 38.891642; -121.075591
Type History museum
Website Official website

The Bernhard Museum Complex is a history museum located in Auburn, California, United States. It consists of one of the oldest buildings in Placer County, Traveler's Rest, which was built in 1851 as a hotel.


The complex includes the historic building, Traveler's Rest, which was built in 1851.[1] The hotel was popular with miners and those traveling along Auburn Folsom Road.[2] In 1858 it became a home. In 1868 it was bought by German immigrant Bernhard Bernhard. The property became a winery in 1874, with the addition of a winery building and an additional building for processing in 1881.[1]


Today, the museum features the restored winery and processing building, and the home which is decorated in the Victorian period style. Costumed interpreters give tours of the site. There is also a carriage barn which was built by the Native Sons of the Golden West.[1] It houses a collection of wagons, including a buggy and a mud wagon.[1][3] In 2007, the Placer County Museums Living History Program built a summer kitchen.[1]


The museum includes objects from everyday Victorian life, wagons, and objects related to the 19th century winemaking.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bernhard Museum Complex". Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. National Geographic. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Dahlynn McKowen; Ken McKowen (15 October 2009). The Wine-Oh! Guide to California's Sierra Foothills: From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary. Wilderness Press. pp. 50–52. ISBN 978-0-89997-492-7. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  3. ^ TourBook: Northern California. Florida: American Auto Association. 2012. p. 50. 
  4. ^ Jim Moore (17 October 2008). Explorer's Guide Lake Tahoe & Reno: Includes California Gold Country & the Northern Sierra Nevada: A Great Destination. The Countryman Press. p. 309. ISBN 978-1-58157-980-2. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 

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