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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

310 Black Street, Coloma, CA 95613
+1 530-622-3470
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Best done with a guide

The indoor displays are very interesting, but the outdoor parts are best with a park guide. We were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sharon M
Durango, Colorado
via mobile
Loved Every Minute

Little signs everywhere explaining the history of Sutters Mill made it easy to grasp the history of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Angela B
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is a state park of California, United States, marking the discovery of gold by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in 1848, sparking the California Gold Rush.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good40%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pan for gold” (18 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
310 Black Street, Coloma, CA 95613
+1 530-622-3470

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The indoor displays are very interesting, but the outdoor parts are best with a park guide. We were there just after schools were closed for the summer, and before the temperature was scorching hot. It was all a little over the kids' heads, but we...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Little signs everywhere explaining the history of Sutters Mill made it easy to grasp the history of how the gold rush began. Obtain a parking ticket from the information centre ( $8 ) and you can park anywhere on site. We went gold panning in...More

Thank Angela B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is perhaps the most important place in California history and the State Park is very informative and interesting. You have to walk through the many sites--but the American river is beautiful this spring. We also did the drive up to the Marshall Monument which...More

Thank chesterchandler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is where the gold rush started and you get a good overview of the history in the main building. Some of the displays are a bit dated and simplistic. There are several walks in the park and you could spend a while day rambling....More

Thank Charles K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Town is clean and well kept. Very nice parking lot that they proudly charge $8 / car to use. Unfortunately, nothing much to see here beyond the replica of a mill and a few holes in the ground (old foundations) that may go unnoticed by...More

Thank ctc10s
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Pay the $8 for parking and you can walk around the many exhibits which have self explanatory signs. Panning for gold ($7 per person) was a last and they make sure you find some flakes. The park is not that far from Sacramento on the...More

Thank marc c
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Most of the town of Coloma is part of this park. There are exhibits, live exhibitions, historical buildings and beautiful scenery. Plan on a winding road to get there. It is a popular place for school groups. The self guided tour was interesting, with many...More

Thank cedar4604
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Check out the visitor's center first. It is very small, but staff was helpful. You can pay for your parking in the visitor's center. (Discount of $1 for seniors) Quite a bit to see and the park docents and staff are very friendly. Plan to...More

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We visited here with my son's fourth grade class field trip over the week of April 10. This is a park that can easily take up the whole day and we pretty much spent the majority of the day here before leaving for Sacramento Airport....More

3  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed this wonderful state historic park. It's all about the Gold Rush of 1849 or '49ers. Well documented place in the park. Some had staff to talked to you about being a 49er. My 3rd Great Grandfather was a gold miner for a little...More

1  Thank David20130609
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Does the mill operate for visitors of the park daily?
23 March 2017|
Response from MarshallGoldDiscover | Property representative |
We used to be able to run the Mill daily on our tours (offered at 11am and 1pm). However the recent flooding from both January 2017 and February 2017 caused the water from the South Fork of the American River to spill over... More