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.
FOLSOM HISTORY MUSEUM
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 Lets Play! Showcasing vintage toys from 1870 to 1970.
Outdoor Museum and Makerspace
Pioneer Village is an outdoor museum and makerspace. This interactive interpretive area includes gold panning and a working blacksmith forge. Here, you can explore a miner's cabin, a genuine Southern Pacific Railroad caboose and walk through historic Ashland Station.
CHINESE HERITAGE MUSEUM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.