COVID-19 MESSAGE - the El Dorado Western Railroad will be resuming operations in February.  Please check the 2021 schedule.  

The County Museum and its programs (Museum Exhibits and Research Room) remain closed to the public until further notice.  The Museum Yard will be open on a modified schedule.

Meanwhile, the County Museum remains a resource for historical and genealogical information, and you can take a virtual tour to see the exhibits currently on display (see the links below.)  Please email us at if you have a research question or want to schedule a tour later in the year.  

New feature! Videos 
  • Take a VIRTUAL TOUR with County Museum Director and Curator, Mary Cory
  • Special Exhibit: WOMEN OF INFLUENCE: Women making history in El Dorado County, CA. A virtual tour hosted by museum curator, Mary Cory.
  • THE GOLD RUSH in El Dorado County
  • PLACERVILLE: THEN & NOW, historical photos & current photos of the same location
  • GREEN GOLD about the rise of the logging and lumber industries in El Dorado County
  • ROAD TO TAHOE about the historic transportation corridor, now known as Highway 50 in El Dorado County
  • QUILTS ON EXHIBIT highlighting the quilts displayed as part of the Women of Influence exhibit
  • VOTES FOR WOMEN commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote

VOTES FOR WOMEN!  The 1920 Election in Placerville


El Dorado County & World War I: Home and Overseas, 1917-1918

Votes for Women! In South Lake Tahoe 1920

HISTORY OF THE 'FLU IN EL DORADO COUNTY: 1918 – 1921 Devastation of Spanish Influenza 

WOMEN OF INFLUENCE: Women making history in 
El Dorado County

Currently, the Museum is closed to the public. However, work is continuing. and Research Questions will be answered. Please email us can be emailed to the Museum.
Please check out the virtual exhibits, videos and tours in the links above to learn more about El Dorado County's history!

The El Dorado County Historical Museum is located in the Gold Rush town of Placerville, California, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills just a few miles from the historic downtown, wine tasting, shopping, and more!  

Visit the museum to take a tour, view the historical artifacts, or research a family ancestor, land, or building.  Learn about the fascinating history of El Dorado County, one of California's original and most historic counties.  Plan Your Visit today!

Do you have a class, or a club, or a special group of friends  you would like to bring to the Museum?  Museum Docents will give your group a special tour.  Call (530) 621-5865 to book your group!

The El Dorado Western Railroad wis now operating on the 1st and 3rd Sundays from the town of El Dorado, 10AM-1PM
(at 4650 Oriental Street)

Support El Dorado County's own railroad!  It runs every Sunday, providing rides on the open air "Gang Cars" (as pictured below.)  What a great way to see El Dorado County's beautiful countryside!

Go to Railroad Schedule for dates and boarding locations.  The El Dorado Western Railroad runs on the old Southern Pacific railroad tracks in El Dorado County in the Shingle Springs and El Dorado region. 

With your support, the El Dorado Western Railroad will continue to operate many years into the future.  It's fun and educational for the whole family.

El Dorado Western Railway

Call us at (530) 663-3581 or email us at for more information.  Click here for details