Jan 12, 2007

Maidu Interpretive Center Museum

Maidu Interpretive Center and Historic Site Museum
1960 Johnson Ranch Drive 
Roseville, CA 95661
Phone: (916) 774-5934
website: http://www.roseville.ca.us/parks/parks_n_facilities/facilities/maidu_indian_museum/
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 4pm.
Daily Tours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am & Saturdays: 10am & 1:00pm
Fees: $4/Adult, $3.75/Child,$14/Family of Four.
Free Admission on the fourth Saturday of the month (except July & August).
Weekday Afternoon Discount:Tues-Fri $2/person 2pm - 4pm.

Take I 80 to Douglas East. East on Douglas to Rocky Ridge. Turn right (south) on Rocky Ridge. Watch for Johnson Ranch Drive sign. Turn left onto Johnson Ranch Drive (no light or stop sign there). If you get to the Maidu Community Center signal you went one street to far, make a turn around in the community center parking lot and go back one street. The Maidu Interpretive Center is the next building past the Maidu Elementary School.

The Maidu Interpretive Center and Historic Site has a great nature area that offers a loop trail that takes you past ancient petroglyphs (rock art) and hundreds of bedrock mortars (acorn grinding holes). It shows evidence of the Nisenan (southern Maidu) living there for thousands of years. Inside the museum you'll see exhibits portraying the Maidu way of life, rocks, food, and clothing from that time. Taking the tours brings a new light into the way the Maidu lived and what they ate (very healthy). There is also a great biking/walking trail that goes outside of the Maidu Center around by the elementary school.

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