Heritage Trail Museums Tour offers summer of free museums in Placer County

Published on June 07, 2018

Museums throughout Placer County will offer free admission on select Saturdays all summer as the Heritage Trail Museums Tour returns for its 11th year.

A total of 22 museums will be participating from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe, including Placer’s new DeWitt History Museum in North Auburn. Free museum days are grouped geographically to allow easy trekking between museums in a day.

“Placer County museums are all about experiential storytelling at its best,” said Ralph Gibson, Placer County Museums administrator. “The Heritage Trail offers an excellent opportunity to learn about our rich, fascinating history while exploring our valley, foothills and mountain areas and getting to know the community members who live there."

A full list of participating museums, free dates, opening hours and activities is available on the Heritage Trail Museums Tour blog.

The Heritage Trail kicks off June 16 at the Bernhard and Gold Rush museums and the historic Benton Welty School Room in Auburn, and ends Sept. 3 with a free weekend at the Forest Hill Divide Museum in Foresthill.

Fun, family-friendly activities are spread throughout the free weekends, including live music, historical reenactments and much more. Trail visitors are also encouraged to pick up a ‘Get Up and Go’ card at any participating museum. Those who fill the card with stamps from at least eight of the participating museums will be eligible for a gift basket drawing.

New this year is the Placer County student scavenger hunt. Students who will be entering 1st grade through 12th grade in a Placer County school (or who are home-schooled in the county) in the fall of 2018 can enter to win prizes, including a Samsung Galaxy tablet or a Kindle Fire.