Featured Art, Culture & History In Oroville, CA

Chinese Temple side
1500 Broderick St., 530-538-2496
www.cityoforoville.org/chinesetemple.htmlHours: Daily, Noon-4

Closed December 15-January 31

Admission: Adults $3,

Children under 12 free

Tour groups and special rates

Know Another Culture

Oroville Chinese Temple & Garden


Built in 1863 to serve a community of 10,000 Chinese, this temple of treasures is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also as a California Landmark. It was first opened to visitors during California’s 1949 Centennial.

It includes three chapels, with the main chapel, Liet Sheng Kong, serving as a place of worship for Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

In 1968, Tapestry Hall was added to display the extensive collection of embroidered tapestries, parade parasols, and other objects of beauty. A priceless collection of Chinese and American costumes is arranged to contrast the two cultures by decades from 1850 to 1930. Also see the rare three-dimensional puppets from the Oroville Chinese Opera Theatre.

Visitors won’t want to miss the garden, which is designed as a place for meditation and reflection and has plantings that originated in China; each is a symbol for a Taoist idea.

The temple and garden are maintained by the Oroville Parks

At Myers & Robinson
Tickets: 530-538-2415Box Office Information Recording:


Songs, Dances & More

Historic State Theatre of Oroville

Dedicated in 1928, this theater has featured great vaudeville acts, fine films, and multiple live music, dance, and drama performances. The theater was designed by Timothy L. Pflueger and J.R. Miller, who also created the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building in San Francisco.

The State was restored to much of its original grandeur in the late 1980s with additional restoration projects being completed every few years. The theatre now has an outstanding lineup each season of national touring companies as well as local groups presenting music, dance, comedy, and drama.

Pioneer Museum
2332 Montgomery Street
cityoforoville.org/pioneermuseum.html530-538-2497 • Fri-Sat-Sun. Noon-4p.m.

Closed: Dec. 15-Jan. 31

Admission: $2 Adults ($1.50/each for groups with 15 or more), children under 12 free

Catch the 49er Spirit

Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum

Built by the Native Sons & Daughters of the Golden West and operated by the City of Oroville, this museum was built in 1932 as a replica of a 49er cabin. The original building has been enlarged to now hold 6,000 sq. ft. of historic treasures.

Antique pianos, the original Oregon City School organ, a grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, an extensive hat collection (including an 1849 bonnet worn by a wagontrainer), beautifully elaborate women’s fans, antique dolls (including a doll from the Donner Party), a miner’s vest tailored to hold different size nuggets, and a handmade gold needle are just part of the holdings of the first room.

The Indian artifact display contains one of the largest arrowhead and basket collections in the area, and the Chinese exhibit features a rare tear jar.

One area is devoted to the life of Florence Danforth Boyle, the museum’s founder and Butte County Recorder in 1918.

It will give you the 49er spirit!

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