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Mariposa Museum and History Center

12th, Jessie, Mariposa, CA
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Ranked #2 of 17 attractions in Mariposa
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Mariposa, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We took my grandchildren to the Museum so they could learn about the history of Mariposa. They learned about gold panning, the dress, and about the family lifestyle. The museum displays The Miwuks Historical artifacts, and various rooms..like the Sheriffs Office. and the Historical Court house. I really enjoyed the "Letters." This museum takes you back into time...and when you... More

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

We stayed an extra day to see the museums, but this museum had the ridiculous, unenforceable rule against cameras. Everyone has a phone or tiny camera that will not be detected. What are they afraid of? That we will steal something? We just wanted some photos. Time to get with the times!

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Erial, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We are a couple with a 12yr old son, and we really enjoyed our visit. The self-guided tour is as quick or as slow as you like, and the mining equipment outside is impressive. They have so many artifacts inside, I had to go through it a few times, and i still missed a lot. If you are here, definitely... More

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Nicely small, but packed with "user-friendly" exhibits. The authentic "Letters from a pioneer" format really adds zing to the history presented. Also, the docents are wonderfully helpful. The highlight of Mariposa.

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Mariposa, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I live nearby, so when my sister visited, I took her there with a bit of trepidation. She is the high school history teacher for Talkeetna, Alaska. Of course I think our local history is fascinating, but would she share my enthusiasm? She loved it! She declared it the best local history museum she'd ever visited. Mariposa is now a... More

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California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum is run by volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the history of the gold country and specifically the Mariposa area. Items have been donated and displayed that represent the history of the gold mining, Native American habitants, Asian settlers, as well as the American pioneers who settled the west. Many years ago the Smithsonian Institute declared it was... More

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

For a small town this is one of the best museum I have ever been in. A lot of history about John C Fremont. The bandits of the old times. The gold mining. Etc. I think anyone would enjoy. The people who work in the Museum are very well inform of the history of the times. We live in Mariposa... More

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