List of museums in the Shasta Cascade

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The Shasta Cascade region of California is located in the northeastern and north-central sections of the state bordering Oregon and Nevada, including far northern parts of the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The area is centered on Mount Shasta in the California Cascade Range, near the Trinity Alps. Counties included in the Shasta Cascade region include Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity.

This is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Town/City County Type Summary
Bangor Church Bangor Butte Local history Operated by the Butte County Historical Society[1]
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park Chico Butte Historic house 26-room Victorian mansion
Big Valley Museum Bieber Lassen Local history [2]
Bolt's Antique Tool Museum Oroville Butte Commodity website, hundreds of hand tools
Butte County Historical Society Museum Oroville Butte Local history [1]
Butte County Pioneer History Museum Oroville Butte Local history website, includes household and decorative items, tools, furnishings, quilts, photos, Native American and Chinese artifacts
Butte Valley Museum Dorris Siskiyou Local history Operated by the Butte Valley Museum & Historical Society[3]
C.F. Lott Home Oroville Butte Historic house website, Victorian cottage with decorative arts typical of Oroville's pioneer families
Cherokee Museum Cherokee Butte Open air
Chester-Lake Almanor Museum Chester Plumas Local history [4]
Chico Air Museum Chico Butte Aviation website, historic aircraft and local aviation history artifacts
Chico Creek Nature Center Chico Butte Natural history Area natural history, live animals, located in Bidwell Park
Chico Museum Chico Butte Local history website, Chico and Butte County history, includes Chinese Taoist Temple, Chico timeline
Collins Pine Museum Chester Plumas Industry website, area lumbering and forestry industry
Colman Museum Chico Butte Local history Facebook site, includes Civil War memorabilia, gold mining equipment, Maidu artifacts, tools, clothing, cooking utensils, school items, Chinese artifacts
Corning Museum Corning Tehama Local history [5]
Dunsmuir Museum Dunsmuir Siskiyou Local history Operated by the Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society, local and railroad history
Etna Museum Etna Siskiyou Local history website, operated by the Native Daughters of the Golden West
Fort Crook Museum Fall River Mills Shasta Local history Operated by the Fort Crook Historical Society
Fort Jones Museum Fort Jones Siskiyou Local history website, exhibits of area's inhabitants, including Native Americans, fur trappers, gold miners, pioneers, cowboys and soldiers
Frank C. Reilly Museum La Porte Plumas Local history Area gold mining and ski racing history[4]
Gateway Science Museum Chico Butte Multiple website, part of California State University, Chico, science and natural history
Gaumer's Jewelry & Museum Red Bluff Tehama Natural history website, minerals and mining museum inside the jewelry store
Gold Nugget Museum Paradise Butte Open air website, includes Maidu Indian artifacts, a blacksmith shop, gold sluices and a miner's cabin, a schoolhouse and a covered bridge
Gold Trade[6] r Flat & Yuba-Feather Historical Museum Forbestown Butte Open air Life-size replica 1870s-period mining town adjacent to the Yuba-Feather Historical Museum with exhibits of Maidu artifacts, pioneers, mining, Chinese workers[7][8]
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Gridley Butte Natural history website, 9,100-acre (37 km2) protected wildlife viewing park with natural history museum, trails, wildlife observation hides
Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum Greenville Plumas Local history [4]
Gridley Museum Gridley Butte Local history website, early families, farming, businesses
Heritage Junction Museum McCloud Siskiyou Local history [9][10]
Indian Valley Museum Taylorsville Plumas Local history website, Maidu artifacts, pioneer items, gems and minerals, exhibits of early logging, farming, blacksmithing tools and equipment
Jake Jackson Memorial Museum Weaverville Trinity Local history website, firearms, mining, farming and ranching, transportation, Native Americans and local Chinese history, operated by the Trinity County Historical Society
Janet Turner Print Museum Chico Butte Art website, part of California State University, Chico, fine art prints spanning six centuries
Jim Beckwourth Museum Portola Plumas Biographical Life of African American pioneer James Beckwourth[4]
Kelly-Griggs House Museum Red Bluff Tehama Historic house Facebook site, Victorian period house
Klamath National Forest Interpretive Museum Yreka Siskiyou Natural history Located at the Supervisor's Office of the Klamath National Forest
Lassen Historical Museum Susanville Lassen Local history Includes Roop's Fort, operated by the Lassen County Historical Society[11][12]
Lassen Volcanic National Park Shasta Shasta Natural history Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center has interpretive exhibits and displays about the park, located
Loomis Museum Shasta Shasta Natural history Located at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Manton Museum Manton Tehama Local history [13]
Military Museum of Butte County Oroville Butte Military website, 20th-century military history, art, weapons, vehicles and memorabilia
Modoc County Historical Museum Alturas Modoc Local history Includes Native American and pioneer artifacts, household and business items
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum Mount Shasta Siskiyou Local history website, includes exhibits on caving, sport angling, minerals, mountaineering, railroad and local history; located on the grounds of the fish hatchery
National Yo-Yo Museum Chico Butte Sports website, world's largest display of yo-yos, hosts annual national contest
Oregon City School Oregon City Butte Education Historic school, operated by the Butte County Historical Society[1]
Oroville Chinese Temple Oroville Butte Ethnic 1863 temple complex with rooms for Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, tapestries, art, folk art, puppets and gardens
Paradise Depot Museum Paradise Butte Industry website, railroad and logging museum
Patrick Ranch Museum Durham Butte Agriculture website, 19th-century ranch house with public farm and ranching activities
Plumas County Museum Quincy Plumas Local history website, website, exhibits include Maidu baskets, railroad, gold mining and timber industries, art, dolls, natural history and Chinese influence collections
Plumas-Eureka State Park Blairsden Plumas Mining Gold mining buildings
Scott Museum Trinity Center Trinity Local history Includes Native American artifacts, models of transportation[14]
Shasta State Historic Park Shasta Shasta Open air Historic ghost town, courthouse museum with local history exhibits
Siskiyou Arts Museum Dunsmuir Siskiyou Art website, works of noted regional and national artists
Siskiyou County Museum Yreka Siskiyou Local history website, operated by the Siskiyou County Historical Society, exhibits include Native Americans, trappers, gold mining, Chinese, pioneers, timber, weapons, period rooms
Stansbury House Chico Butte Historic house website, Victorian period house
Stirling City Museum Stirling City Butte Local history website, operated by the Stirling City Historical Society
Susanville Railroad Depot Susanville Lassen Local history Operated by the Lassen Land & Trails Trust, area railroad, logging and local history[15][16]
Tehama County Museum Tehama Tehama Natural history website
Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Museum of Local History Tulelake Siskiyou Local history website, information, located at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds
Turtle Bay Exploration Park Redding Shasta Multiple Botanical garden, museum with exhibits about local natural history, cultural history, science and art
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology Chico Butte Anthropology website, part of California State University, Chico
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park Weaverville Trinity Religious 1874 Taoist temple and Chinese artifacts
Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum Weed Siskiyou Local history website, household artifacts, tools, antique transportation and machines
Western Pacific Railroad Museum Portola Plumas Railroad Over 35 locomotives and 80 railroad cars
William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park Red Bluff Tehama Historic house Mid 19th century adobe house, replica blacksmith shop and ranch outbuildings
Williams House Museum Portola Plumas Local history 1931 log home, exhibits on local family history, area lumber, mining and railroad industries[4]

Defunct museums[edit]

  • South Shasta Model Railroad, Gerber[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Visit Us". Butte County Historical Society. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Lassen Museums". Society for California Archaeology. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Facebook site". Butte Valley Museum & Historical Society. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Things to See and Do - Museums". Plumas County. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Visitors: Attractions". Corning Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Heritage Junction Museum, Hours of Operation". McCloud Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Yuba Feather Museum and Gold Trader Flat". Sierra Nevada GeoTourism. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Gold Trader Flat & Yuba-Feather Historical Museum". Experience Butte County. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Heritage Junction Museum of McCloud". McCloud Rails. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Facebook site". McCloud Heritage Junction Museum. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Lassen Historical Museum and Roop's Fort". Sierra Nevada GeoTourism. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Lassen Historical Museum". City of Susanville. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Places of Interest". Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Attractions". Trinity County Online. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Historic Susanville Railroad Depot". Sierra Nevada GeoTourism. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Official site". Lassen Land and Trails Trust. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Godfrey Humann's shop in Gerber, CA". Retrieved 8 January 2014.

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