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Sutter County Museum

Sutter County Museum
Courtesy of Blake Vaughn

The Sutter County Museum tells the story of the Yuba-Sutter region, from the Native Americans who lived here pre-contact to the present. This is done through a combination of exhibits both permanent and temporary, and public programs. Permanent exhibits include the Maidu-Nisenan people, John Sutter, the history of agriculture in the area, and our multi-cultural wing, which tells the stories of the significant ethnic communities in Sutter County.

Our mission is to share local stories to strengthen community bonds, to inspire celebration of our diverse cultural heritage, and to demonstrate how understanding the past prepares us for the future.

The Museum was constructed with funds from Howard and Norma Harter, the Sutter County Historical Society, and other private donors. It was presented to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors as a gift to the community in 1975. Since then, it has been expanded multiple times, all through the generosity of private donors. The Museum is a department of Sutter County, and is also supported by the Museum Association, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Admission to the museum is free.

For further information on the Museum, please visit

Museum staff now manage the rental of Ettl Hall

Business Hours


Contact Information

Museum Director/Curator:
Jessica Hougen
1333 Butte House Road
Yuba City, CA  95993
Phone Number:
(530) 822-7141