PARADISE, Calif. - The Gold Nugget Museum burned in the Camp Fire, but the museum has a bright and bold new future.
On Nov. 8, 2018, the Camp Fire destroyed the Gold Nugget Museum on Pearson Road.
Flames had little mercy on the historic artifacts that were stored, carried over from decades, even centuries past.
Crews made up of both museum staff and Chico State Anthropology students and professors painstakingly dug through the rubble and were able to preserve a few items.
The Paradise Depot Museum just a few blocks away miraculously was not damaged, even though flames burned within 20 feet of the wooden structure.
The Gold Nugget Museum has temporarily moved into the Depot Museum.
Now, Gold Nugget Board of Directors President Don Criswell said the new Gold Nugget Museum is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
It will also serve as a wildfire learning and preparation center.
Action News Now spoke with several officials from the museum about the future of the museum and the Gold Nugget Days. More details are in the videos.
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- Gold Nugget Museum opens new exhibit
- Paradise Celebrates Gold Nugget Days
- Camp Fire didn't stop Gold Nugget Days in Paradise
- 60th Annual Gold Nugget Celebration Continues in Paradise
- Imprisoned at Home Museum Exhibit
- Gold Nugget Days up on the Ridge
- Theme for Gold Nugget Days 2019 is "Moving Forward"
- 52-year-old Gold Nugget Queen crown recovered after Camp Fire
- Gateway Science Museum new exhibit