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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

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Address: , Mariposa, CA 95338
Phone Number: (209) 742-7625
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Description: Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.

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There's gold in them thar hills.

If you are interested in minerals, geology, mining, and/or the history of the region, this is a great place to learn.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Monte Rio, California
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Monte Rio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

If you are interested in minerals, geology, mining, and/or the history of the region, this is a great place to learn.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My 4 and 6 year old grandchildren loved panning for gold and learning about the gold strike in Mariposa.

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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We came for the gold panning on Sunday but they only do it on Saturdays. That's ok because we still had a nice time learning what's in our CA hills. Amazing! The gold specimen was stunning and the lady at the desk was very friendly. Lots of stones to buy plus jewelry. The exhibit showing us what materials are used... More 

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Napa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I watched a couple walk out of this museum because of the $4.00 admission price. They were only 20 feet away from one of the most beautiful and largest surviving natural gold nuggets in the world, The Frico Nugget, as well as the finest collection of Gems and Minerals in the United States. Take you kids to Yosemite and dont... More 

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I've been to a few large natural history type museum with gemstones, and this is as good as any I've ever seen,... maybe better. I saw some minerals here that I had not seen (or remembered?) from other museums. I particularly liked that they often devote an exhibit to multiple representations of a single mineral or gem, so that you... More 

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Hanford, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I like that this time a robbery did not occur while I was there. The museum attendant are energize to help you have a wonderful experience.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We learned so much about the mining history and methods used to mine. Many great displays to entertain all ages.

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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A very interesting place to visit, and gain some local history about minding for all kinds of minerals, staff very helpful

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Stopped by here to learn all about minerals and were greeted by several men with white beards and mustaches dressed in old-timer's clothes. They gave us a history lesson on the gold rush era and then demonstrated how to pan for gold. You can buy bags of sand that are guaranteed to have real gold flecks in them so both... More 

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Mariposa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I love this place - both for all the information and the life size, walk-through mine tunnel. There's something for adults and kids as well as a great little gift shop. Put this and the History Museum on your vacation plans while you're in the area.

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