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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

Mariposa, CA
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Ranked #5 of 17 attractions in Mariposa
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.
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Yosemite, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

From the dazzling 14 lb Fricot "nugget" to countless samples of our state's rich mining (and mineral) history and present, this is a must-stop for the traveler. Even if you're not a gold/mineral/history buff? You WILL be by the time you leave this well-organized, fascinating museum. Mariposa was one of the most active gold mining centers of the southern mother... More

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Altadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

State Park Ranger Randy gave us a personal tour since we were the first ones to show up at opening time. This isn't an all day place, but it was fun to poke around in for about 30 minutes. The mine shaft was fun to walk through, and interesting in terms of seeing how things really worked. Large grassy area... More

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Mariposa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Many years ago I had the honor of helping to relocate this exhibit from San Francisco to Mariposa. It was sort of a "home-coming" in a way as the exhibit was established to promote early Mother Lode mining enterprises in the state. It has become an excellent display of early mining techniques (with a REAL mine tunnel) and a geological... More

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Arroyo Grande, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

My husband and I made a point of coming to visit the museum, and were not disappointed. There were lots of incredible examples of every type of rock. We also loved the exhibit on mining. The staff was friendly and knowledgable, and we were very happy that we came. Not too busy, and open when they said they were.

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Mariposa, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

A friend of mine runs his own jewelry business, and is a volunteer at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, a fascinating attraction 2 miles south of Mariposa in the Sierra Foothills on Highway 49.We went for a tour, and came away with the view that the place itself is a gem. The displays of rocks, gems, and minerals... More

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Sedona, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The hours posted were 10-5. It was nearly 11, but no one there (once we found the museum in a very obscure location). Also, no cameras allowed. We stayed an extra day to see Mariposa museums, but this museum (and the history museum) had the ridiculous, unenforceable rule against cameras. Everyone has a phone or tiny camera that will not... More

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Mariposa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you enjoy Rocks, Minerals and a bit of California Gold Rush History, this is the place for you. There is a huge collection of specimens and a replica mine tunnel that really give you the feeling of what it must have been like to hard rock gold mine in the 1800's. The kids really enjoy the Junior Ranger Program... More

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Redwood City, California
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431 reviews 431 reviews
191 attraction reviews
424 helpful votes 424 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The museum is a bit hard to find as it is actually inside the fairgrounds but you can see it from the main parking lot. The people running the museum are very friendly and give you a quick intro when you walk in. There are many rocks and minerals to see in nice displays. The highlight is a short walk... More

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Volusia County Fla.
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

A well laid out collection of various minerals and rock from the Sierras and beyond all of which are explained in great detail. The staff's knowledge was also extensive. The short mine walk was OK but kind of dark. The big nugget was hidden elsewhere as thieves have successfully made off with items from here.

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Plano, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

The museum is just inside the fair grounds.It cos$4.00 per person. They have rocks from all over. You can not take pictures inside but worth seeing . Lots of history and learned a lot about how we use minerals in everyday life.

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