The Dahlonega Gold Museum sits right in the middle of our Public Square. While during the festival it's a great place to jam with your friends on the lawn or rest your legs for a few minutes on one of the benches around the museum, it is actually a very interesting place on the inside too. The Georgia State Historic Site houses artifacts from Dahlonega's gold mining history.
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, a film and a gift shop.
Historic Site Admission:
- $7.00 Adults
- $6.50 Seniors (62+)
- $4.50 Youth (6-17)
- $2.00 Child (under 6)
Group rates available with advance notice.