If you like history the place is chalked full of it in every corner are neat artifacts gems and machines to look at and is often donation only to get in.
Step into the old powerhouse building and you could be transported back 50 to 100 years ago. Old equipment, including the massive Pelton Wheel which was the power source for nearby mines, showcase the many tools used in the mining past. Its a great stop for history buffs. It's a great way to show younger generations how the world once... 更多
Somehow this gem of a museum hasn't received the attention it truly deserves. The four of us literally had the place to ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed what became an essentially private two-hour tour led by friendly and knowledgeable docents John and Isaac. So many interesting exhibits to see here, with a surprising number of them functioning as working models. Just... 更多
We loved visiting the Northstar Mine Powerhouse in Grass Valley. The docent was very knowledgeable and gave you a little history. He was an engineer and could explain all the machines and they all worked! It was a delightful experience and made me appreciate the Grass Valley area.
If you're in either Grass Valley or Nevada City, it is worth making the pilgrimage to this museum. Situated on the site of an old mine power house it features the largest Pelton wheel ever made, 30' in diameter and capable of producing 1,000 Hp from running water. It houses a very large collection of Pelton wheels, mostly owned by... 更多
Displays of operating mining equipment. Large number of Pelton wheels on display. One is 30' in dia. Donations support the museum. Docent tours available.
Make a day of the mines! See Empire and then come to north star! You will learn a lot, they have a donation box. Other than that no fee. Tour operator was very knowledgeable and fun!
We recently visited the Northstar Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum. For some reason, after many trips to Grass Valley and Nevada City over the years we had never made it to this particular museum. This place is super with several working machines that were used in the gold rush era including a fully operational 30’ Pelton Wheel. The wheel... 更多
Our guide did an outstanding job of explaining and demonstrating how each of the machines were used during the gold mining era. He advised that his great grandfather and grandfather worked in the mines The Pelton wheel was fascinating. Learning about the history of the area and how the miners worked and lived in the nearby towns of Grass Valley... 更多