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Regularly Scheduled Programs

Free Town Tours:
June 15th - Labor Day: Daily @ 11:00 AM Monday-Friday based on staff and docent availability. Please check with museum upon arrival.
Year-round: Saturday & Sunday @ 11:00 AM
Led by staff and docents. Meet at the museum.
Approximately 1 hour.

For groups over ten people, special tours must be arranged in advance by calling 209-588-9128.
Costumed volunteer at Gold Rush Days

Our Museum is currently open from 10:00am-4:30pm through Labor Day. Fall/Winter hours 10-4pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Gold Rush Days  
Occur the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4pm. Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon. Call 209-588-9128 for details.

Special Events & Programs

JANUARY 2018

Gold Rush Days – Saturday, January 13, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon at Columbia.

FEBRUARY 2018

Gold Rush Days – Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon at Columbia.

MARCH 2018

Gold Rush Days – Saturday, March 10, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon at Columbia.

Columbia’s Birthday Celebration-Sunday, March 27, 11:30 -4:00
Join us for a commemoration of the founders of Columbia, Gem of the Southern Mines at 12:00pm on Main and State Street near the Columbia Museum.  The celebration will include costumed volunteers, speeches about the founding of town, free birthday cake and extra venues around town will be open until 4:00pm with costumed volunteers.

APRIL 2018

Easter Sunday, April 1
Egg hunt, parade, festivities at Columbia State Historic Park

Gold Rush Days – Saturday, April 14, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon at Columbia.

Ghost Tours – Saturdays, April 22, September 9, October 21, November 4, 3pm
Walk through town with a costumed guide and hear stories of people from the past.  Stop in at the hotels and other buildings throughout the park while listening for some residents who may still remain!  Purchase tickets in advance at www.friendsofcolumbiashp.com  $10/person.

MAY 2018

Gold Rush Days – Saturday, May 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon at Columbia.

Columbia Diggins, Tent Town 1852 – May 17 – 20, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Step back in time to the early days of Columbia.  Experience Mining demonstrations, theater performances, bakery and laundry “businesses,” boarding house and lots more.  Over 100 costumed volunteers and re-enactors recreate life in 1852 Columbia.  Entrance is $5 for adults, $1 for children.

JUNE 2018

Gold Rush Days – Saturday, June 9, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon at Columbia.