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North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum

933 Allison Ranch Rd, Off McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7727
+1 530-273-4255
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Fantastic Museum of California Gold Mining

We recently visited the Northstar Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum. For some reason, after... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2016
Chris F
,
San Francisco
A pleasant touch of the past.

Our guide did an outstanding job of explaining and demonstrating how each of the machines were used... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2016
tennispete72
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Penn Valley, California
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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933 Allison Ranch Rd, Off McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7727
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

We recently visited the Northstar Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum. For some reason, after many trips to Grass Valley and Nevada City over the years we had never made it to this particular museum. This place is super with several working machines that were...More

1  Thank Chris F
Reviewed 18 January 2016

Our guide did an outstanding job of explaining and demonstrating how each of the machines were used during the gold mining era. He advised that his great grandfather and grandfather worked in the mines The Pelton wheel was fascinating. Learning about the history of the...More

Thank tennispete72
Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

Have many fond memories taking my kids here over the year. Even though it is much smaller than the Empire Mine in GV it has some working stamp mills! Lots of hands on things for the kiddos make it an educational treasure!

1  Thank WeRTravelbugs
Reviewed 11 November 2015

A 30 foot Pellton Wheel is located here . What is outstanding about this museum is that all the machines work here granted not at full speed or in complete working order. But it is well worth the visit because you get a better idea...More

2  Thank Howard E
Reviewed 10 November 2015

This is a small museum with a huge wealth of mining artifacts. But the best part was the tour by the head curator, a fascinating retired physicist who answered my questions for about an hour until it was time to close. I went there to...More

Thank FlaviaFlav
Reviewed 16 October 2015

I made the mistake of touring the Empire Mine before visiting the Pelton Wheel Museum. Don't get me wrong, the Empire Mine was impressive, but if you want to really understand what you are looking at, a trip to the Pelton Wheel is a must....More

2  Thank Patrick B
Reviewed 16 October 2015

If you're visiting Gold Country, you need to stop by this small museum. I live in Grass Valley, but often take out-of-town guests there. The only drawback is that the museum building isn't reliably open. Still lots of impressive mining equipment to see (for free).

1  Thank SierraCoaster
Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

Make this your FIRST stop in Grass Valley so you can appreciate the Empire Mine State Park. The exhibits actually work and are demonstrated by knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. Thank you, Rudy, Rolf and Debby for your patience. We learned so much from all of...More

Thank Trish B
Reviewed 5 October 2015

After your visit to Empire this must be your next visit. All you need to know in how they got the shinny stuff out of the ground. Ideal for all the family.

Thank chrismiddleton1
Reviewed 14 August 2015

This is an excellent museum to take the kids to. Very informed guides, lots to see. Small enough to keep the kids' attention. Highly recommend

Thank Karen C
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