Welcome to Merced County Courthouse Museum
Athlone was a railroad town, ten miles southeast of Merced and four miles southwest of Plainsburg. The construction of the Southern Pacific railroad in 1872 gave birth to Athlone....read more
It has been more than 160 years since the Gold Rush galvanized California, “Gold Fever!” is sweeping into Merced County. . This time in “Gold Fever! The Untold Stories of California’s Gold Rush....read more
For the first time in Merced County’s modern history, the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial will be “retried” in the historic courtroom at the Courthouse Museum in a play....read more
Merced County Courthouse Museum will open the “UC Merced at 10: A Decade of Building, Developing, and Contributing to Our Community....read more
Our museum houses 8500 square feet of exhibits, both permanent and rotating, which depict the history of Merced County as well as the settlers of the Great Central Valley. We are located in the county's three-story courthouse built in 1875, one of the oldest historical buildings in California. On the National Register of Historic Places, the architectural style of the building is Italianate, designed by State Capital Architect, Albert A. Bennett. Our museum is staffed by volunteers who devote their time into preserving and passing on the history of this great land to generations to come.
Museum Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.