Merced County Courthouse Museum, Merced

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The Courthouse Museum houses 8500 square feet of exhibits which depict the history of Merced County as well as the settlers of the Great Central Valley. Permanent exhibits include, in part: a Chinese temple with altars dating from the 1870s, a blacksmith shop, turn-of-the-century schoolroom, Yokuts Indian artifacts, mercantile room, Surveyor’s and Treasurer’s office, City’s first fire engine, and the crowning jewel: the Superior Courtroom which was in active use until 1950. The museum also has an excellent rotating exhibit program which explores history and the humanities through diverse avenues.

The museum is a primary source of history for area and state residents. Archives, an extensive photographic collection, artifacts, and preservation consulting are all available to the general public. Some services require a nominal fee. Additionally, special programming such as workshops, speakers, receptions, and booksignings are developed throughout the year, some in coordination with new exhibits. Museum gift shop has a good collection of local history books. Many of the books were published by the Merced County Historical Society.
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  • In 1973, I went to work for the County of Merced and my first office was in the old Courtroom of this beautiful Courthouse. At that time, all the wall were painted institutional green and the...  more »
  • Growing up in Merced, I recall watching my father, an attorney, try cases in this very courthouse. It has been amazingly preserved and is a treasure to visit.  more »
  • Beautiful Merced County courthouse dating back to the 1870's. One of just a handful of old original California courthouses dating from that era. Was designed by the same person who designed the state Capitol. I was attending the opening of a new exhibit, one of two or three per year. If your into history it's a great place to spend a little time.
  • We actually viewed this place as a wedding venue, but was plenty surprised by the exhibits that told the story of Merced before it's present. I actually learned so much about the city's history. The volunteers who serve as guides and oversees the gift store were warm and so knowledgeable. I highly recommend people visit this free museum if you are passing by or even live here.

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