Museum, Town Tours & Archives

Columbia SHP Museum

Inside Columbia SHP MuseumMake sure to stop by the museum and the Friends of Columbia SHP gift shop. Enjoy a brief video about the park and browse the special exhibits about the area history. 

Museum Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  




Photo of Tour Sign


Visitors enjoy a guided trek through town to learn more about Columbia during the gold-rush era. Please check with museum upon arrival.

June 15 - Labor Day: Daily 11 AM 
Year-round: Saturday, Sunday 11 AM
Meet at the museum around the tour sign. 
Groups of more than ten people, special tours must be arranged in advance by calling 209-588-9128.


Junior Rangers is a California State Parks program designed for children ages 7 to 11 to learn about and explore their parks.
Junior Ranger LogoColumbia SHP offers two self-guided Junior Ranger programs with logbooks and prizes for completion of a program available at the Columbia Museum.
Image of Junior Ranger Logbook

Visit the Columbia Museum for a Junior Ranger Logbook.

Your Junior Ranger will complete the self-guided history activity and bring it back to the museum for their prize.


Columbia SHP's Agents of Discovery Logo

Agents of Discovery is a virtual scavenger hunt of Columbia State Historic Park. Download the app and play the game while you learn about this park's history.

To Play - Download the Agents of Discovery app using the free ParkWIFI or your mobile data plan. Click the “Missions “button in the app to find Columbia SHP and download the mission.

Good Luck, Agents!

Virtual Tours

360° Park Tour

Take a step back in time and grab a sneak peek of the historic, gold-rush era buildings preserved in the park!  

This virtual tour is the perfect introduction to the park and California gold rush history!

360° Schoohouse Tour

Archives & Research

Looking for information about a relative, object or building in Columbia? The Columbia State Historic Park Docent Archive Research Committee would love to help you find the answer. Simply fill out the following form and mail to the address listed:

Archive Research Request Form

We hope to help you find the answer to whatever your question might be.  Please contact the park office at (209) 588-9128 if you have questions.