Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dahlonega

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site

1 Public Sq.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

  • Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

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  • Upstairs theater

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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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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 $6.00

    Child (under 6) $1.00

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

    Seniors (62+) $5.50

    Youth (ages 6-17) $3.50

    Facility Amenities

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

    General Information


    Group Amenities

    Group Rates Available, Group-friendly

    Special Tags


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Walking Tour: Haunted Dahlonega's Spirits, Legends & Lore

    Walking Tour: Haunted Dahlonega's Spirits, Legends & Lore

    10/22/2016 - 10/31/2016

    Boo! Join this leisurely walking tour to learn about haunted Dahlonega and the town's rich gold history. Tours are conducted by the Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum. Tours last one hour.

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  • Gold Museum Halloween

    Gold Museum Halloween

    10/31/2016 - 10/31/2016

    Kids, come just 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.

    Monday, October 31, 2016
    5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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  • Holiday Open House at the Gold Museum

    Holiday Open House at the Gold Museum

    12/04/2016 - 12/04/2016

    As a gift to the community, the museum will be beautifully decorated and admission will be waived. Dahlonega Gold Museum is housed in one of oldest existing courthouse in Georgia, built in 1836.

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