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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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Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.

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$4.00 how could you find a better deal - great displays of the mineral specimens & very friendly & knowledge staff - this is a must see if you like gold rush history Les7h

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Odessa, Texas
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Odessa, Texas
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

$4.00 how could you find a better deal - great displays of the mineral specimens & very friendly & knowledge staff - this is a must see if you like gold rush history Les7h

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
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217 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

my grandmother loved rock hounding and finding great mineral and she love to come here, one of the best exhibits in the area. fun for anyone who love rock or minerals. kids might like it too.

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antwerp
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45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The museum has a very large mineral collection. Wé've seen collections in other museums but this is one of the best.

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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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392 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

We've been to quite a number of mining museums / gem collections and this one ranks up there with the best. An extensive display, well presented with great details about the various minerals. There is some great information here that we found very interesting and were not previously aware of. Make sure that you visit the 'strong room' and read... More 

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Monte Rio, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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108 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 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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