Plumas County Museum

Plumas County Museum

The Plumas County Museum is an active,  “living museum” with historic and contemporary exhibits, events, research, and meetings. Permanent exhibits include an outstanding collection of baskets woven by Mountain Maidu people. The Industrial History Wing features Railroads of Plumas County, Gold Mining on the Feather River, and an exhibit about the lumber industry. Other developing collections include natural history specimens, audio-visual resources, the Chinese influence, competitive ski racing known as “longboarding,” medical exhibits, and children’s toys.

The Exhibit Yard provides visitors with a glimpse into pioneer life with a sleigh, horse-drawn hearse, water wagon, mining and logging equipment, a working blacksmith’s shop, a stamp mill and a restored miner’s cabin. 

While the basis of the museum’s collection is historical, the Stella Fay Miller Mezzanine Gallery often features contemporary cultural displays by Plumas County artisans.

The museum’s archival library houses a comprehensive collection of official county records, v photographs, documents, and literature which are continually added to by museum staff and volunteers. It is a valuable record of the people and places of Plumas County. 

Museum Bookstore

The Museum Bookstore sells local and regional historical books and publications, note cards, postcards, calendars, prints, and locally mined and fashioned gold nugget jewelry. Also,housed at the Museum is a collection of complementary sightseeing brochures. 

The Variel House

In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, the 1878 Variel Home is an interesting and beautiful stop. This restored three-story Victorian is furnished from the museum collection to represent a middle-class family home in turn-of-century Plumas County. The home is owned by the Plumas County Museum Association, Inc. and is open on weekends and by appointment in summer.

Plumas traveler guides

Where to See Fall Colors in Plumas County

In early October, the leaves in Plumas County begin transforming to create stunning natural beauty. From creek beds to mountaintops, vibrant leaves contrast brilliantly against the dark green pines and firs that dominate the landscape. We’ve pulled together the best routes that offer an abundance of color and adventure. Our fall foliage guide gets you off the beaten path and into the heart of Plumas County.
fall colors along creek in northern california
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The Best Lakes in Northern California

With over 100 lakes to choose from, Plumas County offers visitors an opportunity to soak up some of the most beautiful lakes in Northern California. Whether you’re looking to enjoy water sports with a group or relax and unplug on a solo adventure, the diversity of our lakes offers something for everyone. We invite you to unplug and feel the magic of our mountain lakes and the vast forests that surround them.
canoes on lake with sunset
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Summer Vacation Ideas in Northern California

Plumas County is a summer wonderland of outdoor activities with over a hundred lakes, music festivals, world-class hiking, and mountain town events. Plan your perfect summer vacation high in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California.
arrowleaf balsamroot in Northern California
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Spring Weekend Trip Ideas in Northern California

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Plumas County– the valleys are verdant, rivers are rushing, and snow is still on the high mountains. Spring weather is perfect for activities like hiking, birding, wildflower watching, kayaking, and more.
Clouds and reflections on Manzanita Lake

Know Before You Go

  • The Museum is located behind the Plumas County Court House (500 Jackson Street).
  • Charge of $5 per person and free for children under 12.
  • The Museum has a public restroom
  • Visit the Museum website for hours of operation
  • Call ahead for tours (530) 283-6320

Fun Fact

Many locals and visitors have reported a spiritual presence in the Museum’s historic 1878 Variel Home.

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Places to stay nearby Plumas County Museum
Bucks Lake

Set among the beautiful pine trees in a cove at the south end of Bucks Lake, Haskins Valley Campground is a popular vacation spot.

Quincy

Five rustic cabins sit on the water's edge of the lake while three sit nestled in the trees. Cabins vary in size, sleeping from two to eight guests.

Quincy

Quincy Feather Bed Inn is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mt. range, in the heart of historic downtown Quincy. Steps to restaurants & watering holes.