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Gold Country Medical History Museum


This newly-opened museum is one of four medical history museums in California. The Gold Country Medical History Museum in Auburn, California contains exhibits and medical artifacts from the Gold Rush era to the early 20th century.

During the time period represented at this museum, medicine was making great progress. Just a few of the many medical advancements of that time include the formation of the modern Germ Theory of Disease, pasteurization, blood typing, X-ray technology, and vaccines.

The Gold Country Medical Museum features displays of early doctor-patient relations, medical advertisements, photographs of early foothill doctors, and the early difficulties of medical care. The museum also contains an exhibit on "medical quackery," and includes odd medical instruments and health elixirs.

The Gold Country Medical History Museum is the only medical history museum in a historic setting, inside the first Placer County hospital in Auburn. The building was constructed in 1855 to care for indigent miners. The building is included in the City of Auburn Historical Landmark, #404.

The Gold Country Medical History Museum is one of seven museums in Placer County. The Placer County Museum, the Bernhard Museum Complex, and the Gold Country Museum are located in Auburn. The Golden Drift Museum is located in historic Dutch Flat, the Foresthill Divide Museum is in Foresthill, and the Griffith Quarry Museum and Park are located in Penryn. These museums contain exhibits on the rich and diverse history of Placer County.

The Gold Country Medical History Museum is located at 219 Maple Street in Auburn, California. A map to the museum can be found by clicking here.


By appointment only, contact Rod Moser, PA, Ph.D at or Lynn Carpenter at

Seasons Open

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