Illuminating the past, present, and future of the Mt. Shasta Region
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum honors 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!
This short video shows some of the features in the front room of the museum.
History and Purpose of Organization.
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is a self-supported, volunteer operated museum with a 501(c)(3) tax status. The museum’s mission is to assist in “Illuminating the past, present, and future of the Mount Shasta Region.” To fulfill this mission, the museum houses exhibits on the history and science related to Mt. Shasta and the surrounding areas.
The Mt. Shasta Museum Association Inc. formed when a surplus State Fish Hatchery building became available as a possible community museum. An outpouring of support enabled the Sisson Museum to open on July 4, 1983 in the newly renovated building, sharing the same property as the oldest fish hatchery west of the Mississippi River.
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum has hosted more than 500,000 guests since its opening 36 years ago. It has a volunteer staff, averaging 30 people, who show their support of the museum by giving many hours of their time. This contribution allows the museum to share the social, cultural, and natural history of the area with the local population, student groups, and travelers.
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, in the events room, art shows, quilt exhibits, music, drama, and dance performances, lectures, meetings, and annual History Nights. The Events Room is available for use by organizations. Contact us by ">email for more details.
Currently the museum is open from the beginning of April through the first two weeks of December. Check this website for current days and times. During the three and a half winter months that the museum is closed, new exhibits are installed and inside maintenance projects are completed.
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!
Download the Siskiyou County Museums brochure, and explore our area’s rich history!