Oroville Museums

Butte County Historical Society Museum

  • 1749 Spencer Ave, Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 533-9418
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The Butte Coun­ty His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Muse­um tells the sto­ries of the lives of peo­ple in Butte Coun­ty from the ear­ly min­ing days to the present time.

BCHS Muse­um Collections

Three major col­lec­tions are man­aged by the Muse­um, two of which are per­ma­nent and one of which is expendable:

  • The Gen­er­al Col­lec­tion (per­ma­nent) which is com­posed of objects that relate to the social, polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic and cul­tur­al her­itage of the peo­ple of Butte County.
  • The Archives Col­lec­tion (per­ma­nent) includes pho­tographs, doc­u­ments, pub­lished mate­r­i­al, maps, scrap­books, film, video tapes, sound record­ings, ephemera and oth­er his­tor­i­cal mate­ri­als that relate to the same para­me­ters as the oth­er collections.
  • The Edu­ca­tion­al Sup­port Col­lec­tion (expend­able) includes objects that may be used in the activ­i­ties of the Muse­um’s edu­ca­tion­al and inter­pre­tive pro­grams. Repli­cas, dupli­cates or objects of non-local ori­gin may be des­ig­nat­ed for this col­lec­tion, as well as equip­ment items need­ed to access archival non-print media.

Oth­er BCHS Museums

The Butte Coun­ty His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety also runs and main­tains sev­er­al oth­er his­tor­i­cal sites and muse­ums across Butte County:

  • Ban­gor Church , a for­mer com­mu­ni­ty church turned his­to­ry muse­um, ded­i­cat­ed to the his­to­ry of the small community
  • BCHS Archives , which serves researchers from all over the world seek­ing infor­ma­tion about hun­dreds of top­ics as well as fam­i­ly con­nec­tionsEhmann Home , the House that Olives Built,” ded­i­cat­ed to the his­to­ry of Fre­da Ehmann, the moth­er of the mod­ern olive can­ning industry
  • Ore­gon City School , a muse­um show­cas­ing the his­to­ry of Ore­gon City and its school district