219 Maple Street, Auburn, CA 95603

The Gold Country Medical History Museum is located on the site of the first Placer Country Hospital, established in 1855. Located just below the Placer County Courthouse, this stately Victorian has been restored to highlight its medical roots. The museum prominently displays an ever-growing collection of vintage medical, pharmaceutical, nursing, and dental artifacts dating from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. This non-profit museum was established to be educational and interesting to both medical and non-medical people, especially to youth.

The museum includes enticing (and a bit bizarre) displays of unusual quackery devices, vintage diagnostic tools, a large array of pharmaceutical bottles and medicines, doctor bags, bedpans, vintage hearing aids, glass eyeballs, an ether machine, wooden leg braces/handmade crutches, and an actual human skeleton, all displayed in and around massive century old cabinets that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. A dental display includes a century-old, foot-pumped dental drill, dental tools displayed in an antique dental cabinet, and (rendered safe!) dental x-ray machine. Museum wall displays include the history of early medicine, quarantine signs, past area hospitals/sanitariums, as well as some pioneering doctors, dentists, and pharmacists. There is also an operating room display, complete with surgical instruments. An authentic doctor’s buggy is housed in a carriage house adjacent to the museum.

The joy of establishing a museum to be able to educate and to share it with as many people as possible

Our Hours: The museum is open most weekends, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It may be closed during some holiday periods or have shortened hours during the winter months, so please call in advance. The museum can be opened during the week for private or school groups by appointment. A “traveling medicine show” can be arranged for schools, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, and other historical groups. Contact museum curator, Rod Moser, PA, PhD, at rodmoserpa@gmail.com .

Our Docents/Volunteers: The museum is staffed by knowledgeable, volunteer docents. Many of our docents are nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, as well as local history buffs. We are always seeking more volunteers, especially those who may be retired from the medical profession. We are constantly enriched by the experiences of others in our historical community. We collaborate with other history museums to share ideas, resources, and exhibits.

We do not charge admission but will graciously accept monetary donations, corporate grants, and donations or loans of interesting medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and nursing artifacts for our changing displays.

As a public benefit corporation and part of the Old Town Auburn Preservation Society (EIN 75-3107505), monetary and artifact donations to the museum are tax-deductible.




Contact Information:

Mailing Address: Gold Country Medical History Museum, PO Box 9273, Auburn, CA 95604

Rod Moser, PA, PhD, Curator/President: 530-906-9822 rodmoserpa@gmail.com

Lynn Carpenter, Secretary/Treasurer, 530-863-3274 serendipity@onemain.com


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Heritage Trail information


Placer County, CA official website


Placer County Museums Division


City of Auburn, CA


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