North Star Mining Museum

Museum in Grass Valley

A museum for those who ache when they see machinery set aside to rust. The engineering-minded docents here have polished and oiled their extensive collection of 19th-century mining equipment to a shine. See stamp mills, dredges, dynamite packing machines, Cornish pumps and the largest Pelton wheel ever constructed in action.

The grassy banks of the creek that once powered the North Star mine are perfect for a picnic.