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Maidu Museum & Historic Site, Roseville

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The Maidu Museum & Historic Site offers visitors a unique combination of a world class museum and 6,000 year old Native Californian Indian village site. Graced by oak trees and bordered on the south by a branch of Linda Creek/Strap Ravine, the nature area offers a loop trail that takes you past ancient petroglyphs and hundreds of bedrock mortars for grinding acorns; evidence of Nisenan / Southern Maidu occupation of the site for thousands of years.

Inside the museum you'll find exhibits portraying the Maidu way of life as well as an art gallery featuring the talents of contemporary Native Americans. The Museum Gift Shop offers a wide selection of books about Native Californians, handmade jewelry, minerals, arrowheads, other cultural artifacts and many nature-related items.

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  • Very child friendly, very educational! The docent, Lilly, short black hair! I tell her I of Oakland, she shows me California map! Her tribe, MAIDU, there also Nissenan, are of Rose Ville, Folsom, Aubu...  more »
  • If you love history this little bit of history about the native Americans in our area is really interesting and to realize they lived here and enjoyed the creek and open space at that time. They have ...  more »
  • A must place to go to learn the beauty of our native culture,on hand projects, grinding rocks petroglyph tour, native paintings ,animal furs,there is something there for everyone young and old. There ...  more »
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  • I chaperoned my daughter's school field trip here and is was really an awesome experience. We learned a ton. Walking the trails with the tour guide and experiencing how the Maidu lived right in our own backyard was very cool. Will definitely come back with the rest of my family so they can experience and learn about the Maidu Indians as well.
  • It was ok. I wasn't impressed. There is barely anything to do and the tour guide needs to be more interesting. I wish cameras were allowed! Also, the nature trail is very short and you can barely see the rock carvings. It needs more activities and space. I went on a field trip today there, not impressed.
  • Very informative and well thought out museum with a lot of hands on exhibits. There is a short walk out behind the museum with petroglyphs on rocks and placards with native words and information. Most of the petroglyphs seem to be mossed over making it hard to find. While worth it to go on a free day, I wouldn't pay to go here, unless you must learn about the Maidu people for a project or something.
  • Neat but very small. I was hoping for more on their events. Just a little lacking. Maybe they will be better in the summer months.
  • Was there with my sons school-it was a great experience!!!!