Welcome to Merced County Courthouse Museum
County Courthouse Museum will open “Grazie America! From Italy to Merced County” exhibit on Thursday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. Among the many ethnic groups...read more
Merced County Courthouse Museum will open “Ghosts of Merced County: Recreating Historical Moments” exhibit on Thursday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. In the spirit of this Halloween season...read more
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
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.