Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site

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

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"The Dahlonega Gold Museum, one of Georgia’s oldest standing courthouse buildings, is a sentinel reminder of the spirit of America’s first major gold rush, a guardian of the region’s rich cultural legacy and is a symbolic heart for a historic community."

Twenty years before the 1849 gold rush in California, thousands of prospectors flocked into the Cherokee Nation in north Georgia, marking the true beginning of our country’s first gold rush. Dahlonega thrived and a U.S. Branch Mint opened in 1838, coining more than $6 million in gold before closing in 1861. Today, visitors can see a complete set of these rare coins, a nugget weighing more than five ounces, a large hydraulic cannon and nozzle used to blast soil from mountainsides, film and gift shop.

The museum is housed inside the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse, one of the oldest courthouse buildings in Georgia. Visitors can also explore the courthouse features, including beautiful wooden chapel seats from 1889 and the judge’s chambers. The town of Dahlonega is a popular destination for gold panning, shopping and sightseeing. National Register of Historic Places guidelines prevent the addition of an elevator to the courthouse building, so some exhibits on the second floor are not wheelchair accessible and guidelines from the National Register of Historic Places prevent the addition of an elevator to this building.


Historic Site Hours:

Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $7.00
- Seniors (62+): $6.50
- Youth (6–17): $4.50
- Child (under 6): $2.00
Group rates available with advance notice.

Nearby Attractions:

Alpine Village of Helen
Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge
Blue Ridge Mountains
Cabbage Patch Kids/Babyland General
• Chestatee Wildlife Preserve
Consolidated Gold Mines
Crisson Gold Mine
• Georgia Wineries
• Gold Panning
• Historic Holly Theater
Smithgall Woods State Park
• The Smith House
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Vogel State Park

Note: Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Walking Tour: Haunted Dahlonega's Spirits, Legends & Lore
Saturdays 7 PM – Sep 2, 2017 until Oct 28, 2017 
Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 7 PM
Boo! Join this leisurely walking tour to learn about haunted Dahlonega and the town's rich gold history. Tour run by Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum. Tours last one hour.  $10. 706-864-2257.
Night at the Museum
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 7 PM
The Exhibits of the Dahlonega Gold Museum will come to life and tell their tales and stories of the gold mining day. Come meet a missionary, a gold miner, an assayer, a judge and Col. Price from the College.  $8.50–$16 706-864-2257.
Gold Museum Halloween
Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 5:15 PM
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. 706-864-2257.
Handicapped Accessible
Holiday Open House
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 10 AM
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. 706-864-2257.
Handicapped Accessible
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site
1 Public Square
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Lumpkin County

Mailing Address
1 Public Square
Dahlonega, GA 30533

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.532700 | W -083.984933
Located on the Public Square in Dahlonega, 5 miles west of Highway 400.

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Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site
1 Public Square
Dahlonega, GA 30533 View Details

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site