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North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum

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Address: 933 Allison Ranch Rd., Off McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945
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+1 530-273-4255
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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If you like history the place is chalked full of it in every corner are neat artifacts gems and machines to look at and is often donation only to get in.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
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Ao Nang, Thailand
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Ao Nang, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

If you like history the place is chalked full of it in every corner are neat artifacts gems and machines to look at and is often donation only to get in.

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Grass Valley, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Step into the old powerhouse building and you could be transported back 50 to 100 years ago. Old equipment, including the massive Pelton Wheel which was the power source for nearby mines, showcase the many tools used in the mining past. Its a great stop for history buffs. It's a great way to show younger generations how the world once... More 

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huntington beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Somehow this gem of a museum hasn't received the attention it truly deserves. The four of us literally had the place to ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed what became an essentially private two-hour tour led by friendly and knowledgeable docents John and Isaac. So many interesting exhibits to see here, with a surprising number of them functioning as working models. Just... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

We loved visiting the Northstar Mine Powerhouse in Grass Valley. The docent was very knowledgeable and gave you a little history. He was an engineer and could explain all the machines and they all worked! It was a delightful experience and made me appreciate the Grass Valley area.

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Green Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

If you're in either Grass Valley or Nevada City, it is worth making the pilgrimage to this museum. Situated on the site of an old mine power house it features the largest Pelton wheel ever made, 30' in diameter and capable of producing 1,000 Hp from running water. It houses a very large collection of Pelton wheels, mostly owned by... More 

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Thank WineEng
Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

There is a Musuem which is the former Power Supply Source for the Empire Mine. Wow is it cool. Mostly Gold Mine related, the Pelton Wheel - World Largest! It was said the kids used to swing it around, faster and faster, then grab on and be twirled around upside down, that must have been something! They have a reenactment... More 

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Chico, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

A fantastic gold mine in the Mother Load of California. The docent that guided us through was very good. We got a private tour, mid week.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Displays of operating mining equipment. Large number of Pelton wheels on display. One is 30' in dia. Donations support the museum. Docent tours available.

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Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Make a day of the mines! See Empire and then come to north star! You will learn a lot, they have a donation box. Other than that no fee. Tour operator was very knowledgeable and fun!

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

We recently visited the Northstar Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum. For some reason, after many trips to Grass Valley and Nevada City over the years we had never made it to this particular museum. This place is super with several working machines that were used in the gold rush era including a fully operational 30’ Pelton Wheel. The wheel... More 

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