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Indian Valley Mine National Historic Site

Mile 104 Seward Highway, HC52 Box 8814, Indian, AK 99540
907 653 1120
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Indian
Type: Specialty Museums, Historic Sites
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Columbus Ohio
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155 reviews 155 reviews
106 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I'm not sure why they charge $1 admission. The museum is a waste of time. They show you the entrance to the mines and thats it. If you come here, just come here for the gold panning which is the best in Alaska that I found. Its right off seward highway.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We planned to call in for an hour on the way to Homer but ended up staying for 3! This was also due to us getting there early and the owner having time to spend with just us. We firstly had a look at the outside of the mine and the owner told us the history, looking at the tools... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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30 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I thought it would be fun to try my hand at gold panning and this "mine" is fairly close to Anchorage, so we decided to give it a try. The day we arrived was the second to last day of the season and at first we were the only customers. We were soon greeted and told there was a $1/person... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Initially I contacted this company who also owns the Turnagain B&B up the hill above the mine. They were booked but we wanted to stop and check it out for future reference. When I saw they had the mine decided why not check them both out. The mine was small but adequate. We didn't get a lot of gold but... More

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North Bend
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I wasn't expecting much but our kids (9 and 12) had a great time. The owner very patiently showed them how to pan for gold (after buying the bucket that came with 6-8 seeded gold flakes) - helped them with their technique and made it really interesting. Afterward, they were ready to mine at every river we ran across in... More

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Illinois
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28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Although we planned on this gold panning being “hokey” we really had a good time. For $10 you get your own small bucket of dirt. We asked Roger where the dirt came from. He was very honest and told us the dirt is the tailings from the mine. What this means is the large gold pieces have been removed and... More

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Nottingham
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75 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is a tacky tourist trap. But if you know that from the start, you can still have a nice visit gold-panning. We'd seen other gold-panning establishments where the dirt you buy is 'seeded' with gems from around the world. We hoped this might be a little more authentic. You have to pay $1 each for visiting the 'museum mine'... More

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Indianapolis
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

On our way from Seward to Talkeetna, we stopped here to learn about how to pan for gold. Our guide and the owner of the place took us on a short tour of the historic buildings. His wife ran a small gift shop where you could also buy drinks. The views were beautiful here. Our tour guide truly seemed to... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Me and my girlfriend had the most amazing time at the Bed and Breakfast. The service and hospitality was outstanding, the view jaw dropping, the rooms immaculate, and the food was incredible. This is a 5 star bed and breakfast all the way around and it was only 10 minutes from the ski slopes in Girdwood. We did an excellent... More

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Eagle River, Alaska
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Lots to look at. beautiful site. good place to take a break. This is located on the Turnagin arm and has bore tides that can be seen.

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