Shasta State Historic Park and Museum
Shasta CA 96087
- Thu: 10am-5pm
- Fri: 10am-5pm
- Sat: 10am-5pm
- Sun: 10am-5pm
The Shasta State Historic Park Museum takes visitors back in time to the early days of the California Gold Rush. The park is located in northern California, just six miles east of Redding, and was established by a group of settlers who searched for the fortunes by panning for gold in Clear Creek. The historic ghost-town grounds include a museum, restored general store and a working bakery.
Best and worst time to go to the Shasta State Historic Park Museum
The museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends are the most crowded. The doors are locked on major holidays.
Must see/do at the Shasta State Historic Park Museum
Explore the Courthouse Museum, and weigh the gold nuggets (painted rocks) on a scale. Enjoy the art museum, which holds one of the largest collections of early California art. Stop by the bakery and help make chocolate chip cookies after you hike the inviting trails.
Admission to the Shasta State Historic Park Museum
Children under 16 are free; adults are charged a nominal fee (a few dollars). This makes a great field trip for local schools, and summer is a great time for parents to visit with their kids. Plan to stop for a couple of hours, if you are in the area.
Parking and public transportation to the Shasta State Historic Park Museum
The park is located on Highway 299, 6 miles west of Redding, in Shasta, California. Parking is available on the grounds, and visitors to Redding could use taxi services to get to Shasta.
Food at the Shasta State Historic Park Museum
Food is not sold at this park, but relaxing picnic areas are available. Families and groups can pack their lunches and enjoy the serenity of this Klamath Mountain foothill destination. A stop at the town bakery will give an opportunity to see how food was prepared in the 1880s, and free samples are often available.
Insider tip for visitors to the Shasta State Historic Park Museum
The park features special events throughout the year, such as Dinner in the Jail for you and your 13 Lucky Friends, and Starlight Theater productions. Visit the park website to learn about these memorable activities.
Author's bio: Connie Jankowski is an award-winning writer and a seasoned traveler. She has lived in Orange County, California for about 30 years.