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Miners Foundry in Nevada City

Historic Site or District

ADA Accessibility Notes

Wheelchair Accessible

Located in the heart of downtown Nevada City, California, Miners Foundry retains the character of gold rush days with its rough hewn beams, heavy metal doors, antique fixtures and furnishings.

Its rich history and prime location have made it the perfect venue for weddings, events meetings and conferences.

Visitors are welcome to tour the Miners Foundry Museum where artifacts and photographs tell the story of its place in California history. Docent tours and a documentary film are available by appointment.

Built in 1856, the Foundry grew up with Nevada City, serving the placer and hard rock gold mines of the foothill region with metalworking operations. Miners Foundry is the birthplace of the famous Pelton Wheel, an invention which revolutionized water power in 1879. The Foundry prospered and grew into steel fabrication through the 20th century until 1974.

In the mid 1970s, David Osborn and Charles Woods rescued The Foundry, undertaking a huge restoration of the historic building and founded the American Victorian Museum. Antiques from those days can still be enjoyed by the community today. The stone walls and huge timbers evoke a sense of continuity with our past.

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center:

Now a non-profit cultural center, Miners Foundry provides a flexible facility for more than 200 events a year serving local organizations, and presenting a variety of cultural activities for local residents as well as visitors from out of the area. The Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been home to KVMR 98.5 Radio, The Foothill Theatre Company, Twin Cities Concert Association, Nevada County Performing Arts Guild, and the Nevada County Arts Council.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets

Time Period Represented

1855 to present day.


Museum hours: Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm. Closed to the public Saturday and Sunday. Check the calendar for events and times at

Seasons Open

Year 'round


Various, depending upon the event featured.

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