5 of the Best Things to See at the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family during your stay with us at the Railroad Park Resort, then the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is a must! This local museum is located right on the grounds of the Fish Hatchery of the California Department of Fish and Game and features several fun exhibits that showcase the history of the town. It’s an exciting way to take a step back in time and experience for yourself what makes Mt. Shasta such a unique place to visit.

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More About the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

The mission of the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is to illuminate the past, present, and future of the Mount Shasta region. It is a self-supported and volunteer operated establishment that has hosted more than 400,000 guests since its opening 30 years ago. The Mt. Shasta Sisson Association Inc. was formed when an empty Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery building became available. An outpouring of community support enabled the organization to convert the old building into a museum that visitors and locals alike could enjoy.

What You’ll See at the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

1. Native American Basketry

Before the arrival of Europeans, the local Native American tribes lived off the Northern California land and thrived with a sustainable lifestyle. In fact, most of their cooking, gathering, storing, and more was done entirely with materials they made themselves. The baskets you’ll see in the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum were made by these tribes and they come with fascinating stories about how they were made and what they were used for.

2. The Mountaineering Wall

This exhibit showcases interesting facts about those who have conquered Mount Shasta! You’ll find interesting information about the first man, woman, and others to climb the mountain, photos, artifacts, and more.

3. History of the Mt. Shasta Community

This is probably one of the museum’s more popular exhibits. It reveals what life was like for the settlers who lived in the valley of Mount Shasta, how the logging industry got started, and more information about early winter sports. It’s also filled with fun facts about the town’s previous names and some of the area’s earliest businesses.

4. Lulu Belle

Locals of Mt. Shasta may be familiar with one of the town’s inanimate celebrities, Lulu Belle. She is a 1915 Model T fire engine. Not only will you have the chance to take a photo with Lulu Belle, but you’ll learn all about the fires that have destroyed the town and even use a fire hose to help put out a small fire. The kids love it!

5. Model Train Layout

A favorite among families, the Model Train Layout exhibit allows you to operate an HO gauge model train. While the kids play with the train, you’ll have the opportunity to flip through some books that Southern Pacific used to advertise the Mount Shasta route.

Museum Dates and Hours

The Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is open daily from March 31st to December 11th. The hours are as follows:

  • MARCH 31 TO MAY 27: FRI-SUN, 10-4
  • MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY: DAILY, 10-4
  • LABOR DAY TO SEPTEMBER 30: MON-THURS, 1-4, FRI-SUN 10-4
  • OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 9: FRI-SUN, 10-4
  • FISH HATCHERY: DAILY 8 AM – SUNDOWN

Book Your Northern California Getaway With Us

After spending a day exploring Mount Shasta, we invite you to come back and relax at the Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir, CA. Our unique resort allows visitors to relive the glory days of train travel by providing accommodations inside vintage cabooses, a restaurant inside a railroad car, and train artifacts to view right on-site. We’re also home to an RV and campground site located right alongside Little Castle Creek. No matter what your vacation plans entail, we provide everything you need for a memorable getaway that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Book your next Dunsmuir, CA vacation with us today! We look forward to welcoming you soon.