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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I happened to spend the night in Mariposa on our way to the airport from Yosemite, and stumbled upon this gem. The fee is a measly $4. We are not necessarily the biggest history nerds, but this place was so accessible, engaging, and diverse in it's content. I never expected a small town museum to have access... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A small but very informative museum introducing the history if the town packed full of exhibits and information panels. Very helpful staff who clearly are proud of their town.

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Taft
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had time to kill so we stopped in. It ws interesting to me (adult) as well as my 13 year old daughter.

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Cabool, Missouri
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We spent a couple of hours, walking among the buildings, and learning about Yosemite's History, especially loved the covered Bridge.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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
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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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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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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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