Gnome Habitat USA is private museum on the lore, legend and wonder of the gnome world. It is located in Auburn, California on five-acres of land owned by Elizabeth M. (“Liz”) Spera, a former employee of the Auburn Journal. She also has the privilege of being the President of the International Gnome Club.
The Spera’s family collection of more that 2000 gnomes and other related items of interest is housed in a converted-barn-like outbuilding that sits in the foothills of Auburn, California. Liz Spear maintains the magical museum with the help of her husband Joe and son J.T..
Liz’s fascination with gnomes began in 1979 when she received a copy of the best-selling coffee-table book “Gnomes” by Rien Poortvliet and Will Huygen during a gift exchange at work.
Besides the Museum of Gnomes, visitors to this enchanted landscape have the pleasure of wandering through the grounds of their rural property and experiencing such attractions as a face of man “The Green Man” on the side of a tree that asks for pennies (“coppers”) for safe passage to the nearby pond, a trip through a labyrinth, and a Native American sacred circle for quiet reflection. And then there is the magnificent scenery.
The Museum and wilderness trails opened to the public in 2008. The design of the Gnome Habitat USA is inspired by 4-acre Gnome Reserve & Wild Flower Garden in the countryside of North Devon, England, between Bideford and Bude just seven miles from the Devon-Cornwall border.
Because Spera’s Museum is a private collection, those wishing to visit must schedule an appointment.
Admission to the Gnome Habitat USA is free, but donations are gladly accepted to help maintain and improve the Museum.
Gnome Hotline: 530.889.9925