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Indian Valley Museum

Who We Are

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A Restored Surrey, typical of the late 1800's is on display in the main room

A Museum housing many artifacts that represent the different centuries of the Beautiful Indian Valley. The Maidu Native American historical baskets and history, as well as the extensive mineral specimens of Francis Musser. Many fossils, rock carvings, and sculptures are featured in the Gem and Mineral Room. An impressive collection of Maidu baskets, arrowheads, and artifacts are in the Mountain Maidu Room. All kinds of kitchen tools, appliances, and early electric models on display. A wood cook stove, icebox, and pump vacuum cleaner with many other small wares of the early twentieth century.

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Image of Kitchen tools and appliances.

What We Do

The museum houses many artifacts from the 1860's through the 1940's. Over 600 pictures are on display showing, teaching, what life was like in early Indian Valley. The museum is a learning center for all kinds of minerals, cultures, and even modern art displays throughout the year. What is the purpose of a museum? What does it provide to the local community? These questions are answered with educational opportunities, a chance to see history in glimpses of life through objects left behind, pieces of the puzzle as it were, clues as to what came before, and what may lie ahead. That's the fascination with history and museums, and those wonderful items that outlive the human story, or add to the stories of humankind.


The museum is in Taylorsville at the Eastern end of Indian Valley. Go through town on Main Street to Cemetery Street and turn right. The first building is the museum annex, and the main museum is in the second building.

Beautiful Maidu baskets.

Hours and Dates:

The Museum is OPEN from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The months of operation are Memorial Day through the end of October.
Other openings are by special arrangement or appointment.


Admission is FREE! Contributions are Welcomed and very Appreciated. Except for some special openings which there would be a specific entrance fee.

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Image of the Gem & Mineral Room.

Contact Us:

Call for more Information: 530.284.1046

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