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Gold Country Medical History Museum
219 Maple St.
Auburn, CA 95603
Open Saturday 11am - 3pm
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.