Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dahlonega

Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

1 Public Sq.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

706-864-2257
  • Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

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  • Site Tour

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  • View of downtown Dahlonega from the balcony.

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  • Water blasting cannon.

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  • Upstairs theater

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Twenty years before the 1849 gold rush to California, thousands of gold seekers flocked into the Cherokee Nation in North Georgia, beginning the nation's first major gold rush. The towns of Auraria and Dahlonega grew and prospered with this mining activity. Between 1838 and 1861, more than $6 million in gold was coined by the U.S. Branch Mint in Dahlonega. The Dahlonega Gold Museum, located in the old Lumpkin County Courthouse, offers visitors a look at the mining history of Georgia. Gold coins minted in Dahlonega and nuggets one weighing more than 5 ounces are on display. A 23-minute film describes the mining techniques and lifestyles of the prospectors through interviews with members of the long-time mining families. In the town of Dahlonega, visitors can shop for gold nuggets and pan for gold.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $7

    Child (under 6) Free

    Group rates available with advance notice. please call 706-864-2257

    Seniors (62+) $6.50

    Youth (ages 6-17) $4.50

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group Rates Available, Group-friendly

    Special Tags

    Film

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Dahlonega Appalachian Jam

    Dahlonega Appalachian Jam

    05/06/2017 - 10/14/2017

    North Georgia's mountain music pickers and singers flock to the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site. Enjoy the Dahlonega Appalachian Jam every Saturday, May 6 through October 14, from 2-6 p.m.

    The Appalachian Jam gives traditional mountain music players the chance to get together and celebrate the kind of music that has been performed in the Appalachian Mountains for generations. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and gather on the historic Public Square to jam with the s... read more

  • Landscaping the Grounds - Your State Parks Day

    Landscaping the Grounds - Your State Parks Day

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    Park staff and volunteers will be working together on a landscaping project to beautify the grounds. Please join us for this service project and meet some of the volunteers and staff that make this historical facility outstanding.

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  • Gold Museum Halloween

    Gold Museum Halloween

    10/31/2017 - 10/31/2017

    Kids, come to trick-or-treat or take part in our costume contest for a chance to win prizes. After receiving your Gold Museum treats, take a trip around the historic Dahlonega Square where local merchants will also have special treats for all.

    Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 
    5:15 p.m.

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