Pioneer History Museum
The Pioneer History Museum is an oversized replica of a 49er's cabin that houses a collection of items that illustrates and showcases the life of the early California pioneers through the late 1920s.
The collection includes such diverse items such as; Antique pianos, the original Oregon City School organ, a grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, gambler’s items, dolls (including a doll from the Donner Party), a miner's vest tailored to hold different size nuggets, and even a handmade gold needle.
The Indian artifact display contains one of the larger arrowhead and basket collections in the area. There is also a fascinating collection of Grand Army of the Republic memorabilia. One display is devoted to the lives of the Danforth and Boyle pioneer families, who founded the museum and kept it open for decades.
A visit here will give you a peek into the early California settlers’ lives!
Read more about the Pioneer History Museum and other Oroville museums.
Winter Closure: The Pioneer History Museum will be closed Nov. 21, 2022 - February 24, 2023.
- $3 Adults ($2.50/each for AAA members or groups of 15 or more)
- Children Under 12 Free
- Group/classroom tours on Tuesday and Wednesdays by prior arrangement. Please call (530) 538-2508
History of the Museum
First opened in 1932 by the Native Sons & Daughters of the Golden West, and now operated by the City of Oroville, this museum was built as an oversized replica of a 49er’s cabin. The original building has been enlarged to now hold 6,000 square feet of historic treasures.