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Address: Hwy. 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: 760-786-2345
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This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the...

This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the history of Death Valley.

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For a free museum this has a lot going for it. They have a good collection of rocks and historic photos inside. Outside they have many more pieces. Make sure that you pick up the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Long Valley, New Jersey
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washington state
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294 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 389 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is a jewel and deserves a visit as you explore Furnace Creek or stay there in your RV or at the Ranch. The items within are treasures of bygone days, including artifacts and in-depth stories of the pioneer journey of the Brier's party in 1849 across the Valley, to Long Camp and ultimate rescue...the actual origin of the... More 

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1 Thank okeedoke
Phoenix, Arizona
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177 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Small place with mostly rocks and minerals. Some displays of old mining tools. Large outdoor antique equipment area outside. Old and rusting.

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Thank Pete Z
Montrose, Colorado
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting explanatory displays in the museum but the best part is the many wagons & other pieces in the yard outside. Well worth the stop to see how hard it must have been to work the area way back when.

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Thank Lester S
Long Valley, New Jersey
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a free museum this has a lot going for it. They have a good collection of rocks and historic photos inside. Outside they have many more pieces. Make sure that you pick up the outdoor guide, inside the museum, before you go outside guessing. A tip could help keep this museum alive and growing.

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Thank OziDiver
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65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked in the Museum when visiting the furnace creek ranch and it is right crossed the street of cafe. Don't be misled by the name, they have a big collection of rocks not only Borax. It is free museum.

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Thank Wendisun
FORT COLLINS
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339 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Might not excite young people, but simply amazing how the borax was mined and transported despite the many challenges. the ability of the teamsters to persuade and maintain order among the mules and horses doing the hauling greatly impressed me. We so take stuff for granted now.

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Thank HARLAND R
Basel, Switzerland
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We stumbled across this open air museum looking for a geocache. We didn't buy any information booklet like someone mentioned in an earlier post. instead we just read about the history of the place online and you connect the dots (or rather the objects with the stories). The museum is an awesome collection of tools and vehicles from back in... More 

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Thank MartinWicki
Aiken, South Carolina
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158 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This turned out to be free. There is a small museum with equipment outside. The equipment was numbered, but you had to buy a booklet in order to know what it was.

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Thank molly30087
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I can't believe the old wagons, trains and mining equipment that had at the Borax Museum. It was really neat to see and I'm glad they are preserving it for future generations.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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95 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Interesting little spot and a place you should visit since you took the time to drive here anyway. Not big. Do chat with the volunteer in the museum, they are loaded with many factoids about borax. You definitely will know more about borax than you ever thought you would ever need to know. It's free and fun.

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