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Borax Museum

Hwy. 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
760-786-2345
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the history of Death Valley.
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the history of Death Valley.
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San Diego CA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This little museum is right on the grounds of the Furnace Creek Ranch, in an old restored bunkhouse. It's worth your time to check it out. It might not have the most dynamic museum displays you've ever seen, but it is so evocative of the Death Valley past, which is really not so long ago, but so very different from... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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206 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Since we were staying at The Furnace Creek Ranch, and this museum was right on the property; I visited it for a few minutes. It does have some nice mineral displays and information about the mining operation. The equipment located out back was very interesting. And, the whole thing was free. There is a $2.50 fee for a pamphlet describing... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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68 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Interesting, but not a must. There is a lot of mining equipment in the back used by the miners of borax.

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Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Nothing much to see, definitely skip it if you are on a time crunch. The interpretive trail doesnt really say much. How much can they tell you when mining happened for a total of only 5 years. The zabriskie point on the other hand is a total must stop.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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45 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Although not a waste of time, there really is not much on display here. It tells a story of harsh times digging for borax in extreme conditions. ...but you can equally well skip the story and just go exploring Death Valley. There is SO MUCH to see there :-)

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New York City, New York
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189 reviews 189 reviews
165 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

After being in the park for some time, it's worth a stop at this location where you can get food and water, as well as use bathrooms. The museum itself is very small, but arranged neatly, has just enough information to not be over bearing, contains some great examples of geological finds in the area, and is free (aside from... More 

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San Antonio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It is just a shack full of items and film. The back is full of old equipment used by the miners of Borax. Interesting point to see.

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Foothill Ranch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I was impressed with the collection of pieces from the time period where miners hauled loads of Borax out of the valley. I can't imagine working in this valley, doing hard mining labor, in this heat. I have the utmost respect for these brave men!

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Rotherham
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14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The museum is very small and tell very little. Outside are some very good old pieces from the time the mine was working. Best thing about this is there is no charge to go in.

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Edmonds, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

The Borax Museum is great attraction, that I would recommend for anyone of all ages to visit while at the Furnace Creek Ranch. The museum building is quite small and was actually the bunk house and office of one of the borax operations in the valley. After the operation went bust, it was moved to the Ranch. The museum offers... More 

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