Museums in Oroville, CA

 
 

Museum Passport Program

The City of Oroville now has a Museum Passport program that provides access to the City’s five museums for the holder and up to three guests for 12 months. The Passport’s are priced at $25.00 and are available by stopping by City Hall, 1735 Montgomery Street or Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum, 1650 Broderick Street. Besides unlimited access to the museums during the year, holders will be provided with advance information about displays and special events. The Passport provides a great way for residents to bring family & friends to these historical special places. Have a question about the Passport Program? Call City Hall at 538-2401.

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Bolt Tool Museum

Opened in spring of 2006, this museum is the fulfillment of one man’s dream. Bud Bolt started collecting in 1957 as a way to get shop students to be more attentive. His idea was to show the students the difference between the unweildly old tools their grandfathers might have used and the modern ones.

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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.

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C.F. Lott Home in Sank Park

A Victorian revival style structure, the C.F. Lott Home built in 1856 serves as a cultural repository for decorative art objects which are typical of the homes of Oroville’s pioneer families.

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Ehmann Home

Freda Ehmann, “Mother of the Ripe Olive Industry,” and her son, Edwin, built this Colonial Revival Craftsman home in 1911 after she’d perfected a curing process for ripe olives and had markets across the nation.

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Huntington’s Sportsman’s Store

You may have seen wildlife museums that contain a nice variety of area wildlife, but Oroville is home to one with over 100 “trophies” from all over the world. Many photographs taken during the hunts are also displayed, and in the cases surrounding the museum room is an outstanding and unique collection of firearms.

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Lake Oroville Visitor Center

Museum, exhibits, videos and a store. The view from the 47-foot tower, with two high-powered telescopes, is a spectacular panoramic view of the lake, Sierra Nevadas, valley, foothills, and the Sutter Buttes mountain range (smallest in the world).

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Military Museum, at Surplus City

Dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of last century’s military history and memorabilia, the owners have been collecting for over 30 years. This collection includes everything from a Browning M1917 Machine Gun to a rocket launcher.

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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.

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