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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

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Address: P.O. Box 1192, 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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Enjoyed the museum with our Tweens!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Palm Desert, California
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Palm Desert, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
52 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Northbrook, IL
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93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This museum houses minerals and gems of all kinds. It has a reproduction of a mine to walk through and has a 100 year old model of an ore processing plant. Because of a robbery in 2012 the large Fricot gold chunk is no longer on display and is in an undisclosed location.

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Mariposa, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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