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Tours of Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Bring Your Class to the Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Take your class on a field trip they will remember for years to come. The Maidu Museum & Historic Site offers guided tours of the museum and guided trail tours of the historic site which meet History and Social Science Content Standards section 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 5.2 for the state of California. Our standard school programs are designed for Grades 3-6.
We also offer special 1 hour combo tours for Preschool-Grade 2 and special needs groups.
Please read our Tour Policies before booking your tour.
Guides lead students through the museum as they learn about Nisenan Maidu culture by participating in various activity stations and viewing California Indian artifacts and exhibits. Students will learn a Nisenan song with clapper sticks; play a Nisenan Stave game, make a beaded bracelet, and hear native stories.
Guides lead students through the historic site as they learn about the Maidu relationship to the natural world and experience an ancient village site. Students can view petroglyphs over 5,000 years old; over 400 bedrock mortars; and many native plants and animals. Students will watch how to grind acorns, touch a prehistoric native plant and try ochre face painting.
Tour Days and Times:
Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 11:30am or 12:00pm - 1:30pm. Lunch break is scheduled for 11:30am - 12:00pm. If students will be eating lunch on site, we provide a covered patio area and an indoor lunch area for rainy days.
Each group should have no more than 35 participants, including teachers and chaperones. We can accommodate up to 3 groups at one time.
$4.50 per person per tour ($9.00 per person for both the trail and museum tour). Effective August 2017, tour prices will increase to $5.00 per person per tour ($10.00 per person for both the trail and museum tours).
Our gift shop has many souvenir items such as arrowheads, minerals, hand-made jewelry and a wide selection of books about Native Californians for teachers and students. Preorder Memory Bags for each student as a remembrance of their field trip.
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). The Maidu Museum & Historic Site is the 2nd building past the Maidu Elementary School. (You cannot reach us by driving into Maidu Regional Park. We are along the road that circles the park). Street parking in front of the museum is available and in the Maidu Activity Center parking lot (our building next door to the Maidu Museum & Historic Site). Call (916) 774-5935 to make your reservation today.
Classroom Outreach ProgramsBring the Museum to Your Classroom
Let us bring the museum to you. The California Indian Life & Culture Outreach Program is designed for grades 3-6. Our outreach instructors will bring photos, furs and artifacts from the museum relating to the lifeways of California Indians. Both programs involve the students with a hands-on learning experience.
Please read our Outreach Program Policies before booking.
California Indian Life & Culture:
Outreach instructors will compare and contrast the cultural life ways of tribes in three regions of California and how their material cultures reflect the differing environments in which they lived. After the presentation, students can touch animal furs, explore native artifacts, grind acorns, create petroglyph rubbings and try clapper sticks. Meets History and Social Science Content Standards section 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 5.2 for the State of California.
Program Days and Times:
Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 2pm. The room must be available 1 hour before presentation time and 1 hour afterward for the instructor to set up/take down the outreach materials. There must be a minimum of 30 minutes in between programs in order to allow the instructor to clean up and reorganize the materials.
Group Size: Each program should have no more than 35 participants, including teachers and chaperones. We can accommodate up to 2 outreach programs per day.
60 minute program: $130
90 minute program: $170
Travel fee of $.75 per mile applies for all programs outside the City of Roseville. Call (916) 774-5935 to make your reservation today.
As a teacher member, you become part of a community of educators dedicated to making the most of the museum as a learning tool. The Maidu Museum & Historic Site helps educators present lessons about a wide range of cultural, historical, natural and environmental issues.$25 Teacher Membership benefits include:
Free admission to the Maidu Museum & Historic Site for 1 year
10% discount in the Gift Shop
10% discount on a Maidu Museum or Maidu Activity Center facility rental
Monthly Maidu Museum e-Newsletter
Maidu Museum Membership Form
Classroom Activities and Resources:
Click on the links below for additional information on the California Indian culture. Download classroom activities, suggested reading and maps to enhance your teaching experience of either the Maidu Indians and/or the California Indians. Maidu Indians - Classroom Activities(Museum Tour Program)
California Indians - Classroom Activities(Outreach Program)
Maidu Indians - Document
California Indian Tribal Groups - Map