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Borax Museum

Hwy. 190, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
760-786-2345
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Type: History Museums
Description: This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the history of Death Valley.
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San Antonio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It is just a shack full of items and film. The back is full of old equipment used by the miners of Borax. Interesting point to see.

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Foothill Ranch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I was impressed with the collection of pieces from the time period where miners hauled loads of Borax out of the valley. I can't imagine working in this valley, doing hard mining labor, in this heat. I have the utmost respect for these brave men!

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Rotherham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The museum is very small and tell very little. Outside are some very good old pieces from the time the mine was working. Best thing about this is there is no charge to go in.

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Edmonds, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

The Borax Museum is great attraction, that I would recommend for anyone of all ages to visit while at the Furnace Creek Ranch. The museum building is quite small and was actually the bunk house and office of one of the borax operations in the valley. After the operation went bust, it was moved to the Ranch. The museum offers... More

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Malibu, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is a small (free) museum in the Furnace Creek Village. It is kind of amateurish, but has lots of historic stuff from the Borax era, which is so important to the Death Valley area. I would not go out of my way to visit, but it is very convenient to the only store in the area and is free.

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Fort Mohave, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

This museum in located right on the property of Furnace Creek and is free to go through. Very interesting rocks, photos, ledgers etc inside the museum. Out back there are numerous displays of machinery used in the extraction of the Borax. mining carts, engines, old barn and even a steam locomotive.

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Torrance, California
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31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We made this our last stop before heading home and so glad we did. The little museum is packed full of historical artifacts, articles, and tidbits of history. The lady who oversaw the place when we stopped in could not have been more friendly or helpful. It is a geologist dream and has the best display of minerals I’ve seen... More

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Burbank, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

It's a small building, and it can get crowded at times There are several large displays of minerals, some from Death Valley, some from nearby and some from the entire Southwest The minerals are expertly displayed and labelled, and very well lit There is a model and some descriptive text detailing the operation of a 20 mule team. The first... More

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Thousand Oaks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

On one of our trips through Death Valley National Park, we stopped at Furnace Creek for a bite to eat, and toured the Borax Museum. The museum is free and worth a look. It's not very large and won't take long to walk through, however the building itself was originally used as the office and bunk quarters for workers at... More

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Wickenburg, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

This small museum is located on the premises of Furnace Creek Ranch. An old, authentic building was moved there, housing the small exhibits - which are anything from newspaper articles and old black and white, sepia-tinted photographs to mining tools and equipment. It's a somewhat hodgepodge happy jumble of anything old and authentic someone managed to salvage somewhere and throw... More

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