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Donner Memorial State Park - Museum

  • Historical Sites, Museums
13021 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee, CA 96161
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    Take a walk through Truckee's history at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center. The new museum opened in 2015 and features artifacts and stories of the Emigrant Experience--including that of the Donner Party, the Land of the Washoe, Chinese construction of the railroad and early motoring adventures over Donner Pass.

    The Multipurpose Theater includes state-of-the-art audiovisual systems for presentations. An expanded information center welcomes visitors with interactive kiosks for exploring connections to other state parks.

    Outside the museum a self-guided tour goes past the Donner Party's Murphy family cabin site, and a new paved path to the Pioneer Memorial, topped by a forward-looking pioneer family that marks the remarkable height of the snows from the winter of 1846-47.


    A spacious museum store provides keepsakes for visitors young and old.