• Coulterville Museum
  • Coulterville Museum
  • Coulterville Museum
Welcome to the Northern Mariposa History Center

Often referred to as the Coulterville Museum, offers visitors a glimpse of the life and times of early California, from the early 1800’s through the boom days of the 1849 California Gold Rush and the post gold rush era of the late 1800’s to early 20th century. The Museum opened to the public in 1983.

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The mission of the Northern Mariposa County History Center is to continue to build and maintain a strong organization that will provide for the collection and preservation of historic materials, sites, and promote the dissemination of the history of Northern Mariposa County, primarily relating to the California “Gold Rush” era of 1840 to 1920.

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CoyoteFest 2017


Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 10am to 4pm
FREE Fun For The Entire Family!
32nd Annual Coyote Howl Contest
Car Show, Parade, Petting Zoo & Kids Korner, Food, Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors.
Music by: Coyote Hill
Merchants & Food Booths, Horseshoe Tourney,
Games & Activities, Raffle Prizes

Go to www.coyotefest.org  for schedule & times



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Upcoming Events

August 3, 2017

New Hours & Days Open for Museum/Gift Shop- After a week or so of being closed due to the Detwiler Fire, our Board President MaryAnn Huff announced that “In order to better accommodate visitors to the area, the museum’s hours of operation in 2017 will be Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus most long holiday weekends”.  These additional Mondays will →

August 14, 2017

2nd Sunday Monthly Breakfast- At the Coulterville Old Schoolhouse (Corner of Broadway & Cemetery Sts.) in Coulterville. This year’s dates are: Second Sunday of each month. Enjoy a great breakfast of pancakes (all you can eat), eggs cooked to order, ham or sausage and fresh fruit.  Lots of hot coffee, tea or cocoa.  OJ & Milk available too. Adults →

September 23, 2017

Annual CoyoteFest- All community organizations are invited to participate in this growing, vibrant event. Each organization that takes on an activity directly benefits from the proceeds of that event and will be asked to help support the overall marketing efforts.  This year’s 2017 CoyoteFest will be held Saturday September 23rd. For more information please call: 209-878-3015 or go →

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Local Artist – Maryanna Kingman

Original prints by local artist Maryanna Kingman.

Price: $20.00

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  • Coulterville Hotel and Wells Fargo

    Large model of the Coulterville Hotel and Wells Fargo buildings as they existed before the fire of 1899. The model was made in memory of Dr. Ernest Braun. His wife Dorothy, assisted their son Jim and his family as they researched, designed and built, this historically accurate model of the Coulterville Hotel. Completed January 19, 1997, →

  • Steam Driven Donkey Engine model

    Steam driven winches like this model, were used to drag logs from the forest to the mill. Mounted on logs or skids (as they were called), it cold pull itself to the most convenient locations required. It contained a steam boiler, stoked with wood, a steam engine to drive a horizontal winch or cable drum. →

  • Sun Sun Woo

    The new Chinese Display features items on loan from Susan Bramson which were brought back from China by her grandfather during the Boxer Rebellion. These include, among others, a two piece silk garment, a headdress, and a pair of red wedding shoes.  In addition, two interesting pieces on display, found locally, are a bronze turtle →

  • John Muir

    John Muir is included in the display featuring President Theodore Roosevelt’s signature in the Jeffery Hotel ledger. He was on his way to camp out with John Muir in Yosemite. This visit is said to have influenced Roosevelt’s decision to establish Yosemite as a national park.

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