Gustine Historical Society
The Gustine Museum is housed in the former Merced County Justice Court/Jail. It is located at 397 4th Street, Highway 33, Gustine. This historic building, built in 1911 served the City of Gustine until abandoned in 1980. The building was leased to the Gustine Historical Society in 1985. It reopened in 1990 after extensive renovation as the Gustine Museum. In 1996 the building was designated a California Point of Historic Interest.
Gustine Museum Exhibit is open. On display are photos of original building and photos and articles of Elizabeth Bettencourt who spearheaded the movement to turn the former courthouse and jail into the Gustine Museum.
The Gustine Museum building is officially 100 years old. The museum was built by Davenport and Kruger in 1911. It served as a Merced County Justice Courthouse and Jail for many years. The Gustine Police Department occupied the building into the 1980's. Elizabeth Bettencourt convinced the city fathers to allow the former jail to be used as a museum. The community volunteers helped to ready the building for its reopening as the Gustine Museum on July 4th, 1990.
Hours: Thursday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.
The Gustine Museum is staffed by volunteer guides/docents. Visitors from all over the world have toured the old courthouse which is also a fomer jail.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer guide/docent call the Gustine Historical Society 209-854-6455 Sunday or Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.