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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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Displayed Minerals with odd textures and exploding colors

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Colorado
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102 reviews 102 reviews
52 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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25 reviews 25 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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26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Altadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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
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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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