Last updated: 2/18/2013
Chester, California
Street Address
200 First Avenue
Chester, CA 96020
Mailing Address
PO Box 1191
Chester, CA 96020


Monday - Thursday
10 AM - 1 PM & 1:30 PM - 5 PM
Hours same as Chester Branch Library


Free. Donations Accepted.

Museum Type(s)


Marilyn Quadrio, Director
phone: 530-596-3011
Joan Sayre, Co-director
phone: 530-258-2677

Small museum in log building addition built on older log cabin public library filled with photos and artifacts of local culture from the Maidu to modern era. From early ranching and dairying operations through timber industry and tourism.

Artifact Collections

archaeology, basketry, history, photography

Maidu baskets and stone implements
Early dairy ranching implements
Advertising articles and equipment from early businesses
Artifacts from early ranching and post office operations
Research Collections

Hundreds of photographs of local communities and early families, Lake Almanor's creation, from 1860's through 1950's. Historical society publications, unpublished interviews, memoirs, and research articles,as well as video interviews and tours.

Educational Programs

Programs with oral history accompanied by slides available to school groups and organizations as per requests.


A branch of the Plumas County Museum

Access: Scholars
Appointment required: Yes

parking, wheelchair access

free parking

Wheelchair Accessible
Museum Events
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Western Museums Association’s (WMA) 2023 Annual Meeting

October 5 - 8, 2023

Pasedena, California

New England Museum Association 2023 Conference

November 8 - 10, 2023

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Small Museum Association 2023 Conference

February 19 - 21, 2024

Richmond, Virginia

2024 California Association of Museums Conference Announced

March 10 - 14, 2024

Location TBD



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