We love finding hidden gems in the Valley, so we were excited to visit the Sanger Depot Museum for the first time this week!
This charming museum is located right next to the Sanger library.
The museum is housed in the old Sanger Railroad Depot, which was moved to this location.
The building itself is a great piece of history, but inside, it is filled with many interesting items that portray the history of Sanger.
The first thing you notice when you enter is the Brehler Block, which is a replica of Sanger’s 7th Street circa the 1890’s and 1900’s.
It includes models of the bank, post office, general store, bakery and Sanger Herald print shop.
The Indian room has a collection of basketry from the Yokut Indians who lived in the foothills above Sanger.
This collection is reputedly the finest in existence in the United States.
One of the main exhibits in the museum is the diorama of the Kings River flume.
It’s a fascinating way to learn about the lumbering operation that was a major part of Sanger’s history.
There is also a replica of a Victorian home that once stood in Sanger, along with a funny 1880’s bicycle.
The Pioneer Room has a display of some fossils from the Fairmead excavation, but our kids were most fascinated with the huge collection of antique toys.
The Sanger Depot Museum is free to visit and a wonderful opportunity for your family to experience some great Valley history.
The volunteer docents are very friendly and have extensive knowledge that they love to share, especially with children.
It’s located at 1770 7th Street in Sanger,
and regular operating hours are:
Fridays – 9:30 am – noon
Sundays – 1 pm – 4 pm