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Welcome to Folsom History. We are a family of three museums celebrating the uniquely rich heritage of Folsom by creating programming and partnerships that explore civic innovation, creative making, and the importance of cultural diversity in innovation. We offer engaging historical exhibits, events, research opportunities and educational and interpretive tours.



A Permanent Exhibit of Folsom's History

Our permanent exhibit has just been remastered April 2022. Our permanent exhibit provides an overview of Folsom’s history from its beginning as the home of the Nisenan to the 1960s through the history of innovation. It explores how Folsom as we know it today was formed by providing the history of its founding, the Gold Rush, railroad, its pioneers, agriculture and important businesses. 

The Wells Fargo building is currently showcasing the temporary exhibit, Made in Folsom, for October 2023-2024. 


The Square

Outdoor Museum and Makerspace

The Square, previously known as Pioneer Village or the Interpretive Area, is a historically inspired makerspace allows visitors to try their hands at gold panning and witness a working blacksmith forge in action (visitors can sign up for public classes/workshops hosted throughout the year). In addition, visitors are encouraged to explore a miner's cabin and a genuine Southern Pacific Railroad caboose, and, in the future, participate in maker activities in Ashland Station – self-guided and at their own pace.



Coming soon

Folsom History is pleased to announce its acquisition of the Howard Sr. and Mabel Chan House - home of the future Folsom Chinese Heritage Museum. The small but historically significant Chan House is located at 917 Sutter Street in Folsom's Historic District. This acquisition marks a significant step forward in Folsom History's goal of opening a Chinese Heritage Museum dedicated to telling the rich and complex history of the Chinese in Folsom and in California. In the 1880s, Folsom had a Chinese community of about 2,500 - the second largest Chinese community in California, after San Francisco. To ask a question or join our mailing list, please contact Folsom History at (916) 985-2707, or email

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Want to host an event at Folsom History?

We offer rental space at the Folsom History Museum and Pioneer Village for after-hours events. Whether it is for a family party, office event, school reunion, or community event, we can help you host. Enjoy your event with Folsom History. For more information please reach out to Folsom History at or call us at (916)985-2707.

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