The County Museum and its programs (Museum Exhibits, Research Room, El Dorado Western Railroad) remain closed to the public.  

Visitors, volunteers and members of our our community are very important to us and we are committed to providing safe and enjoyable visits for the the public and the volunteers who staff the Museum.  We follow Public Safety Best Practices.

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 link below.)  Please email us at if you have a research question or want to schedule a tour later in the year.  

See the Museum's new Virtual Exhibit:

To learn about El Dorado County's experience with the 1918-1921 pandemic known as the Spanish 'flu, click here

New feature! Videos 
  • Take a VIRTUAL TOUR with County Museum Director and Curator, Mary Cory
  • THE GOLD RUSH in El Dorado County
  • PLACERVILLE: THEN & NOW, historical photos & current photos of the same location

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!
Currently,  the El Dorado Western Railroad is not running.  
However work is continuing to be done by Railroad Volunteers, making much needed improvements to the track, cutting brush, and working on restoration projects.  
See what they're working on at the
El Dorado Western Railroad's Facebook Page!

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