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Sonora, CA 95370
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Today this building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public. The colorful history of Tuolumne County unfolds in the main gallery and a cell block area of the historic jail. Guns, gold, vintage photographs, Chinese artifacts, and a Wells Fargo vignette are on display with pioneer crossings of the Sierra and the Bates Collection of Native American crafts.
Theme: “Discover the Connections”
Discover the cultural connections of our community by attending Tuolumne County Museum Day activities on Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m.—2 p.m. New exhibits will focus on a recent digital addition to our Native-American collection, the mounting of several historic paintings featuring the grandeur of our natural surroundings, and the debut of several exhibits honoring our cultural history.
New displays feature Gold Country Black Heritage, Mexican Heritage, the Sierra Railway, and our ongoing Justice and the Law Exhibit, which will be the site of our most interactive event.
Remember, our museum was once a jail. Stories of Tuolumne County’s lawmen and its bad men intrigue adults and children. After walking through an historic sheriff’s office, museum visitors will be invited to the booking desk, where their mug shots will be taken, free of charge, in vintage clothing.
Popular autographed publications will also be available.
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