11793 N. Micke Grove Road
Lodi, California 95240
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Nice museum in a good location. Price is reasonable...but you also have to pay an extra $5 to park. They also charge an extra $2.50 to use a credit card. There are some marvelous displays, but there are also some that are too cluttered, dark, or difficult to read because they are in corners. At the time I visited, 6 different buildings were closed. If they could address some of these issues and possibly create a combo ticket with the parking booth (which takes credit card with no additional charge), this would be a 5-star museum.
This place is so cool. The kids from our school had such a good time. They loved the gold panning, and getting to take home some "gold" was definitely a highlight. The working blacksmith shop was cool. Thank you so much to Pat for teaching us how it all worked. Getting to make the wall hangers was fun.
I work at this museum. It is the most enjoyable job I have ever had. The grounds make you feel as though you stepped back in time. It is a great place to bring the children to. From an 1800s cook house to Panning for gold there is much here to enjoy. I should also mention that, the museum grounds may be rented for functions and other occasions. Come see us!!
This was a map inside one of the buildings a part of the museum. Beware: this museum is rich in history, has a ton to see, and will take you hours to go through. If you need assistance getting around they have carts available. It's actually very interesting - not dry like some museums I've been to. It's right outside of the Japanese Garden so this is a place you want to take a day trip (or at least a half day trip) on for sure.
They have a lot of neat stuff there, including a fully functional blacksmith shop from the 1800s. My daughter and I volunteered for a field trip and actually took a class to teach the children how to blacksmith hands on. It was a lot of fun. The kids enjoyed it also...I have to thank the nice man that took his time to come and give us an extra lesson just because we asked him to and for what he taught us as it makes me proud to say yes I am a blacksmith.