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Mariposa Museum and History Center

12th, Jessie, Mariposa, CA
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Ranked #3 of 17 attractions in Mariposa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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Duluth, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My husband and I were looking for something to do before heading out of town, as we had quite a bit of time to kill. We decided on this lttle gem, and were really happy we did. We intended to have a quick look around, take in a few exhibits, and head back to Fresno. Instead, we ended up engrossed... More

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Mariposa, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This small museum is jam packed with relics of the gold rush era - both to see and read about. For antique machinery buffs the outdoor exhibits are great - including an operable stamp mill that can be run upon prior arrangements. It is well worth your time while you're in the area!

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RIVERSIDE, CAL., United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Actually there are two museums in Mariposa. One on the Yosemite end of town and the Cal. State mineral museum on the Merced end of town. Our recommendation is to visit both as they are full of information and interesting things to see. On the way to Mariposa from Merced, you find an interesting wine tasting room on the left... More

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oshawa, ontario
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

A great compact introduction to the California Gold Rush and Mariposa! The exhibits are well presented and visually attractive. The excerpts from letters throughout capture the flavour of the gold rush and the circumstances the miners' faced. Of special interest is the re-created Store which has a great variety of original items displayed well. The museum staff were extremely helpful... More

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Chacras de Coria, Argentina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Do not definately miss visiting this town. The cradel of the gold madness in XIX Century. Cute and warm. Plenty of details along it's main street. Do not miss going to buy anything to the only Warehouse attended by a family. Unforgetable ¡¡¡

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Glendale, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Great museum with so much history. Spend an hour or two here and read about the history of Mariposa and CA. The displays are excellent. I really enjoyed the "Dear Charlie" letters that others have mentioned. Make sure to see the old mining machinery outside as well as the horse carriage. The donation is $4 for adults and kids are... More

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Turlock, California
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223 reviews 223 reviews
43 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

After spending the morning at the Butterfly Creek Winery, I decided to spend the rest of the day in town. This museum was at the top of my list. I thoroughly enjoyed the outside tour and took several pictures of the gold mining artifacts and farm implements. Inside was a treat as well. You are provided a binder that explained... More

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

She was so passionate about the museum and did a great job introducing us to the time period, the context and what we'd see inside. Everyone there was so darn NICE. The museum is done in little vignettes and while my teens scoffed at the idea of going inside, they quickly warmed up to the different things they were seeing.... More

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

This is one of the best Mother Lode history museums in the WEST. It is run by volunteers and really paints a picture of what the "old west" was all about. This is NOT some Hollywood version of how our forefathers (and mothers) lived, it is the "real deal".

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Mariposa, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This museum is a must-see because it is full of artifacts thoughtfully displayed. Every time I go there I learn more about history, gold mining, and life in the Sierras in the near distant past. Docents are available to guide groups. They even have gold mining where all the children go home with gold!

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