Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dahlonega

Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

1 Public Sq.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

  • Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

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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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  • Site Tour

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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


    Group Amenities

    Group Rates Available


    Special Tags


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


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