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About Mt. Shasta Museum
About Mt. Shasta Museum

About Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

Our Mission:
Illuminating the past, present, and future of the Mt. Shasta region

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum exists to honor our location and our history. Justin Sisson started the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery, and he was one of the town’s fathers. Mount Shasta is our geographic location. Come to the museum and learn about both!

You can also check out this short video to see some of the features in the front room of the museum.

Sisson Tavern, Sisson, CA
Owned by Justin Sisson, the Sisson Tavern was located near the current Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum and the Fish Hatchery. It hosted many travelers to the area, including John Muir and landscape artists Alfred Bierstadt and Thomas Hill. The tavern burned to the ground in 1917.

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum: a Short History

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is a self-supported, volunteer-operated museum with a 501(c)(3) status.

Our mission is to assist in illuminating the past, present, and future of the Mount Shasta region. To fulfill this mission, the museum produces exhibits on the history and science related to Mt. Shasta and the surrounding areas.

Back in the 1980s, a dedicated group of citizens formed the Mt. Shasta Museum Association, Inc. when a surplus State Fish Hatchery building became available as a possible community museum. An outpouring of support enabled the Sisson Museum to become a reality, and it opened to the public on July 4, 1983 in the newly renovated building, sharing property with the oldest fish hatchery west of the Mississippi River.

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum has hosted more than 500,000 guests since its opening. We have an entirely volunteer staff, averaging 30 people, who give many hours of their time in support of the museum. This contribution keeps the museum going, and lets us share the social, cultural, and natural history of our unique area with everyone from residents and student groups to travelers and researchers.

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum consists of three large exhibit halls and an events room for special activities and displays. The museum sparks the vitality of the community by hosting art shows, quilt exhibits, music, drama, and dance performances, lectures, meetings, and annual History Nights. The Events Room is available for use by organizations. Please contact us for more details.

The museum is generally open from the beginning of April through the first two weeks of December. During the three-and-a-half winter months that we are closed, we work hard to create and install new exhibits and take care of basic maintenance.

The City of Mt. Shasta

  • Offers many recreational choices all year round – fishing, boating, hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding, golfing, and more.
  • Nestled at the base of a 14,179′ dormant volcano.
  • Visit the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce to learn more!

We would not be able to do what we do without our dedicated volunteers!

If you’d like to become a museum volunteer, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!