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Museum Passport Tour

Looking for a great time, while welcoming Siskiyou’s abundant historic culture? Thanks to local volunteers, Siskiyou County’s 14 museums are now stocked with passport booklets, printed and distributed by Friends of the Siskiyou County Museum.

The Friends of the Siskiyou County Museum group is hopeful that the passport booklets will keep people in Siskiyou County and encourage them to explore the area. These booklets will also generate some income to support the museums themselves.

Passport booklets can be purchased for $3.95 from any museum in the county. So begin your journey through Siskiyou County, gather your stamps and support the local museums and history.

Check out the 14 participating museums today to plan your trips:

Siskiyou County Museum

910 South Main Street, Yreka CA | 530-842-3836

Hours: 9am-3pm | Tuesday-Saturday

The Siskiyou County Museum opened its doors to the public on August 24, 1951 with its mission to collect, preserve, interpret and disseminate the history of Siskiyou County. Museum displays highlight the people, places, and events that shaped the region’s history from prehistoric times to pioneer settlement. The 2 ½ acre Outdoor Museum exhibits machinery, early transportation vehicles, historic and recreated buildings.

Weed Historic Lumbertown Museum

303 Gilman Avenue, Weed CA | 530-938-0550

Hours: 10am-5pm | Monday-Sunday (May-September)

The Weed Historic Lumbertown Museum is full of rich history regarding the extensive local timber industry.

Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Museum of Local History

800 Main Street | Tulelake, CA | 530-667-5312

Hours: 8am-5pm, Summer & 9am-4pm, Winter

Make sure to stop by the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Museum to enjoy a one-hour audiotape tour of the museum throughout the year.

Stop by the gift shop, which includes many books about local history including books about the internment camp, the Modoc War, informational books about bird watching, and other books regarding the history of the entire Klamath basin. The shop also features several different kinds of Horseradish grown in Tulelake, as well as jams and other items made locally and many other souvenirs.

Sisson Museum

1 North Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta CA | 530-926-5508


December 12-March 29: Closed

March 29-May27: Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

Memorial Day-Labor Day: Daily, 10am-4pm

Labor Day-September 30: Monday-Thursday, 1-4pm & Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm October-December 8: Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm Fish Hatchery: Daily 8am-Sundown

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum honors Mount Shasta’s location and history. Justin Sisson started the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery and he was one of the town’s fathers.

The museum’s mission is to assist in “Illuminating the past, present, and future of the Mount Shasta Region.” To fulfill this mission, the museum houses exhibits on the history and science related to Mt. Shasta and the surrounding areas. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum consists of three large exhibit halls and an events room for special activities and displays. The museum sparks the vitality of the community by hosting, in the events room, art shows, quilt exhibits, music, drama, and dance performances, lectures, meetings, and annual History Nights.

WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Tule Lake Unit

Hours: 8:30am-5pm, Thursday-Sunday from Memorial Day-Labor Day

Features the WWII-era Japanese American Tulelake Segregation Center jail and Camp Tulelake, a CCC camp that later housed Japanese-American internees and Italian and German POW’s.

Butte Valley Museum

437 South Butte Street | Dorris, CA | 530-397-2707

Hours: Open Year Round

The Butte Valley Museum features an outdoor collection of antique farming equipment and several old buildings including an old slaughterhouse.

Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Museum

5750 Sacramento Avenue | Dunsmuir, CA | 530-235-0839

Hours: 10am-2pm, Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, April-October

The Dunsmuir Museum features display panels of the first settlers in the area, Native American Indians, the Alexander Dunsmuir story, Dunsmuir town/site names and Dunsmuir railroad facilities.

For our angler fans, we have a fly fishing exhibit to commemorate Dunsmuir’s world class sport fishing.

The Elinore Van Fossen Harrison Native American Basket Collection, our newest exhibit, and an arrowhead collection are also on display.

Etna Museum

520 Main Street | Etna, CA | 530-467-3714

Hours: June-September: 11am-3pm, Tuesday-Saturday

The Museum of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Eschscholtzia Parlor No. 112, is located on Main Street, Etna, California. The building, the first town Hall, which also housed the fire department, library and jail, was built to resemble Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Fort Jones Museum

11913 Main Street | Fort Jones, CA 530-468-5568

Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday, and 1-4pm, Saturdays

The outside of this "biggest little museum" features a Shasta Rain Rock and a wall incorporating obsidian, fossils, a cannon ball, mill stones, and Native American mortar and pestles.  The Fort Jones Museum also boasts "The Carriage House" where visitors can see wheeled vehicles, carriages, buggies, and vintage farm equipment.

Inside the 2500 sq.ft. space are hundreds of artifacts depicting the lives of local tribes, trappers, miners, pioneers, and soldiers.

The Fort Jones Museum features one of the finest basket collections and unusual rock collections in northern California. Also check out the sacred White Deerskin and the vintage gun collection.

McCloud Heritage Junction Museum

320 Main Street | McCloud, CA | 530-964-2604

Hours: 11am-3pm, Monday-Sunday, Memorial Day-September

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

4009 Hill Road | Tulelake, CA | 530-667-2232

Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Sunday

This visitor center features refuge wildlife exhibits. Information regarding viewing opportunities, sightings, road conditions, and regulations is also available at the visitor center.

The refuge is home to at least 489 species of wildlife that visit or live in this volcanic wonderland. Upwards of 500 bald eagles migrate to the area November through April. North America’s largest concentration of snow geese arrive in the spring.

Lava Beds National Monument

1 Indian Well Campground Trail | Tulelake, CA | 530-667-8113

Explore human history through Native American rock art and Modoc War sites including Captain Jack’s Stronghold and Petroglyph Point – one of the largest panels of Native American rock art in the United States. Also learn about the heritage of homesteaders, ranchers, cave explorers, “CCC boys,” and the modern Modoc and Klamath tribes.

Montague Depot Museum

230 South 11th Street | Montague, CA | 530-459-3385

Hours: 11am–2pm, Friday-Saturday

The Montague Depot Museum is home to various historic and unique artifacts.

The main depot building was built in five weeks in 1887, the same year that the town of Montague itself was laid out. The depot is all redwood, including the shingles. In 1976, it was moved from its original location by the railroad tracks to its current spot. Make sure to head to the second level of the museum where the restored Station Master’s living quarters are housed.

Special tours are available for groups or individuals.

Happy Camp People’s Center

64236 Second Avenue | Happy Camp, CA | 530 493-1600

Hours: 9:30am-5pm, Monday-Saturday & Closed for lunch from 1-1:30pm

As the Museum and Cultural Center of the Karuk Tribe, the People’s Center Museum is devoted to the preservation, promotion and celebration of Karuk history, language, traditions and living culture.

The Museum opened in September 2002. The Karuk People's Center is a 5,000 square foot facility that includes an exhibition gallery, a gift shop, a basket weaving classroom, a library, a collection's storage area and the Karuk Language Program Office. Basket weaving classes are held in the weaving room in the People's Center every Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00 pm and are led by master Karuk basket weaver, Wilverna Reece. Although not a requirement, attendees are encouraged to bring their own material for weaving. Students learn about materials traditional to Karuk Basketry, how to weave open and closed weave baskets and how to prepare materials.