Last updated: 7/31/2018
Modoc County Historical Museum
Alturas, California
Street Address
600 South Main Street
Alturas, CA 96101
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 1689
Alturas, CA 96101
phone: 530-233-2944
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 4 PM
closed for lunch 12:00 to 1:00
Adults aged 16 and over = $2 Children aged 15 and under = Free Teachers with class of students = Free
Yvonne-Cher Skye, Marketing, Operations and Program Coordinator
phone: 530-233-2944
Dixie Server, Secretary-Treasurer, Modoc Historical Society
phone: 530-233-2944
Valerie Lantz, Executive Director, The River Center
phone: 530-233-5085

Modoc County Historical Museum

Located in Alturas, it contains several exhibits pertaining to the culture and history of Modoc County in California. Exhibits range from prehistoric cultures to modern residents of the surrounding region. Natural history including mammoth bone, and a taxidermist collection of several local species. A gun collection of over 200 firearms all used and collected by local people.

Partners - Memo of Understanding

The River Center which is also housed within the museum focuses primarily on the Pit river and tributaries via education and conservation efforts. The Alturas Chamber of Commerce is also housed within the Museum and provides business and local statistical information to residents and travelers.


Museum - Single $20.00; Husband and Wife $25.00; Patron $35.00 River Center - Senior and Student $10.00; Individual $20.00; Family $40.00; Business $100.00

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Modoc County Historical Museum

Mission is to educate, entertain and inform the public about the rich history of Modoc county. Through the use of existing exhibits, walk through self-guided tours, and interactive programs.

River Center

To showcase our natural resources and develop an appreciation for how a watershed affects and benefits the community.


Modoc County Historical Museum

Was established in 1967 when the Board of Supervisors purchased the private collection of Marc and Myrtle Belli. They were long-time residents of Alturas and have been collecting historic artifacts since 1926.

Artifact Collections

Gun collection began 1870 by Nathan Rogers of Merced, CA. Native American tools and artistry of local peoples. Brands, western gear, farm tools, technological advances, military, dolls, clothing, Krobers dry good store, to name a few...

Research Collections

Family histories of Modoc county collected and donated to the historical society by various researchers. Architectural and commerce histories of Alturas donated by various individuals throughout the 44 years the museum has been open.


Museum is supervised by Modoc county.


Access: Staff Only

Appointment required: No


Modoc County Historical Society Journal Contains articles that pertain to Modoc County History.

  • Modoc County Historical Society Journals Issue 2 The Journal of Gorham Gates Kimball.
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