Merced County Courthouse Museum, Merced

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The Courthouse Museum houses 8500 square feet of exhibits which depict the history of Merced County as well as the settlers of the Great Central Valley. Permanent exhibits include, in part: a Chinese temple with altars dating from the 1870s, a blacksmith shop, turn-of-the-century schoolroom, Yokuts Indian artifacts, mercantile room, Surveyor’s and Treasurer’s office, City’s first fire engine, and the crowning jewel: the Superior Courtroom which was in active use until 1950. The museum also has an excellent rotating exhibit program which explores history and the humanities through diverse avenues.

The museum is a primary source of history for area and state residents. Archives, an extensive photographic collection, artifacts, and preservation consulting are all available to the general public. Some services require a nominal fee. Additionally, special programming such as workshops, speakers, receptions, and booksignings are developed throughout the year, some in coordination with new exhibits. Museum gift shop has a good collection of local history books. Many of the books were published by the Merced County Historical Society.
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  • Merced's historic courthouse, completed in 1875 has thankfully been kept as a museum, unlike many historic courthouses in the state, and it is an important monument. A grand Italianate building import...  more »
  • The lovely white 1875 Italianate courthouse in its parkside location presents the history of Merced County through its Superior courtroom, recreated classroom and blacksmith shop and excellent revolvi...  more »
  • one of the more quaint places to visit that is still an active court in the local Merced area located in the downtown area  more »
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  • The Merced County Courthouse Museum is a unique and wonderful piece of local history. It is a professionally run museum that does a great job of presenting local history at no charge to visitors from around the world. Docents are always available and enthusiastic to take visitors on a very informational tour.
  • Wonderful place. Good exhibits. Marvelous place to volunteer at. I should know I've been there so many years I became a fixture, permanent type many years ago in the store. WE ARE GETTING READY FOR OUR CHRISTMAS TREE EXHIBIT ON DECEMBER 3RD. OVER 70 TREES ON DISPLAY. COME SAMPLE OUR FAMOUS PUNCH AND COOKIES GALORE AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT.
  • Interesting that Merced was a cattle and fig hub. Nice court room, really grand with the high high ceilings
  • Really enjoyed the Christmas exhibit. Will have to come back to see the regular exhibits.
  • A wonderful, free local history museum! Interesting ongoing exhibits plus changing special exhibits highlighting one group or time period. A must do for Merced residents.
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