AAA Editor Notes
Golden Pioneer Museum is at SR 86 and SR J at the northern edge of town. Don't let the faded yellow metal exterior fool you; this museum contains an extensive and impressive collection of artifacts. Neatly displayed in glass cases are pre-Columbian, Aztec and Oaxacan black pottery, razor-sharp obsidian knives, axes, arrowheads, miniature clay figures and beautiful pieces of quartz (including a cluster that weighs more than 1,250 lbs.).
Other objects are giant mastodon teeth and bones, pocket watches in mint condition, antique Kewpie dolls and a coin collection featuring the first U.S. silver dollar and some 3-cent nickels. One highlight is a beautiful turquoise carving, said to be the world's largest.
Historical exhibits pay tribute to the Native Americans who died during the 1837 Trail of Tears forced westward migration. The museum also has plenty of 20th-century Americana—Elvis displays, a huge collection of 1960s lunch boxes, baseball cards, and hundreds of antique glass plates and pitchers in vivid colors.
Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.