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Merced County Courthouse Museum, Merced

(4.7/5 based on 35 reviews on the web)
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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  • As County museums go Merced is average but educational. They put on a lovely open house for Christmas with many area groups decorating trees that are displayed throughout the museum. 
  • This should be included in any road trip through California's gold country. A fun afternoon to spend a few hours. 
  • It's a cool little place with very nice staff. It gives you good insight on Merceds development and different things that happened in the valley. Not a very large museum. 
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  • It's a really good place for people to visit in Merced.You can learn about the history of Merced .And you can find stories from here .I like exploring historic place .Here is one of historic places I visited in California.I like it .So I give it 5 stars.Seeing is believing.It deserves you to discover it's story
  • A bunch of history about merced
  • Private tour we had a nice
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