Our history

About Gold Nugget Museum

The Gold Nugget Museum, destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 8, 2018, was incorporated as Gold Nugget Days Inc. in 1973. Its mission has been to preserve and protect the Ridge heritage through the collection and display of local artifacts, and with community education programs. Groundbreaking celebrations for the Gold Nugget Museum were kicked off in 1978 by Miss Gold Nugget 1977, and the official Grand Opening Celebration began with a ribbon cutting by the 1980 Gold Nugget Queen on April 23, 1981.

While we rebuild, the Depot Museum will be our services location at 5570 Black Olive Drive, Paradise, CA in the Paradise Community Park.


Sadly, this location was destroyed during the Camp Fire wildfire which swept through the Paradise Ridge Community on the morning of November 8, 2018.

Our little Depot Museum in the Paradise Community Park was untouched by the fire, and we will maintain services there while we work through the recovery and rebuilding process.

Until further notice, the Depot Museum at 5570 Black Olive Dr. will serve as our main office and museum, open Thursday-Monday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. and during special events. Please check back here for updates.

The Museum depends on a small staff and many volunteers to make things happen. These volunteers include the Board of Directors, Docents that greet you and make you feel welcome, and the hundreds of volunteers that help with each of the museum events and programs.

Our goal was, and will be again, to make the Gold Nugget Museum a destination for tourists as well as for our Ridge community. Our hope was for families to come to the museum, not only to learn about the history of the Ridge, but also to become part of that history. There have been many hands-on events, such as the Days of Living History, in which the entire family could participate. The Museum enriched the North State with two unique school programs, which were part of the curriculum for California history. Children could spend an entire day on the Museum grounds, living in the 1850s in the Pioneer School Program, or learning about the Native Maidu traditions in the Maidu School Program. They became part of the history they studied in the classroom, and returned to their schools with a greater understanding of what our ancestors or native groups went through to survive.

It is our hope to breathe new life into the destroyed Gold Nugget Museum so that once again visitors may experience firsthand the natural and historic beauty of the Gold Nugget Museum and the Paradise Ridge!

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