Taylorsville, CA

Museum Displays

The museum houses many artifacts representing the period from the 1860's through the 1940's. Over 600 pictures are on display showing life as it was in the valley. Mannequins model clothing worn in the past.

A restored surrey, typical of the late 1800's,
is on display in the Front Room.

Old Clothing
A large collection of clothing is displayed in glass cases in the Carlotta Young Room, even including vintage underwear! 

Kitchen tools and appliances, including the early electric models, are also exhibited. A wood cook stove, icebox, and pump vacuum cleaner, are in the pre-electricity kitchen exhibit. An early electric stove, coil-top refrigerator, and many early electric small appliances, are to be seen in the 1930's kitchen.

Old Stove

Maidu Baskets

An impressive collection of Maidu Indian baskets, arrowheads, and artifacts, is to be found in the Mountain Maidu Room. The bearskin featured in the local bear dance is on display here when not in use.
Francis Musser's extensive collection of mineral specimens, fossils, rock carvings, and sculptures, are featured in the Gem and Mineral Room.

The large Museum Annex contains exhibits of early logging, farming, blacksmithing, and the tools used in the pre-electric Indian Valley. Also included is the first fire engine in the valley, a 1932 Dodge truck.

Francis Musser's collection

Location of the Indian Valley Museum

The museum is in Taylorsville, at the east end of Indian Valley. Go through town on Main Street to Cemetery Street and turn right. The main museum is the second building on Cemetery Street. The first building is the museum annex.

Hours and Dates of Operation

The Museum is open from 1 - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day through last weekend in October, or by appointment.

Other openings are by special arrangement, with a $10.00 donation per group of 10 or more.

Admission Free!

Except for special openings, the admission to the museum is free, but donations are always appreciated.

Call for information, call (530) 284-7785 or email

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