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Borax Museum

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Address: Hwy. 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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+1 760-786-2345

This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the...

This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the history of Death Valley.

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A Nice Stop

Even though the museum was not open early in the morning. BUT there are items and freedom to wander outside. Met a couple from Oregon doing the same thing we were. Nice... read more

Reviewed March 14, 2017
Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is closed, however there are well detailed printed guides explaining the wide variety of items in the outdoor display. It is a fascinating display of items from local mines and railroads, which provide you with a rich exploration of life and hardships of early businesses in Death Valley.

Thank 989emmettm
Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is one of the original structures on the Ranch property and no doubt has some interesting artifacts or displays. But what they are is a mystery as Xanterra, the park's concessionaire has closed it. Many places suffered damage from the 2017 floods. If this is true and is the reason, no mention is made of it.

1 Thank RioMountainMike
Boulder, Colorado
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542 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Even though the museum was not open early in the morning. BUT there are items and freedom to wander outside. Met a couple from Oregon doing the same thing we were. Nice conversation.

Thank morewierd
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2017

Interesting short walk to see the remains of borax mining & mule train, but not enough info about borax on the signs. there's more info about this at Zabriskie Point, surprisingly.

2 Thank peterjcsmith
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2017

It's ok. There's a bunch of equipment with some information. It's not a highlight but at least it is free.

Thank Shira S
Desert Hot Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2017

Self guided with lots of pictures and information. Beautiful display of rocks and crystals. Provided a history of the development of Death Valley

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2017

Death Valley had a lot of busts in mineral mining. The one highlight was Borax, used as a laundry cleaner among other things. This is a nice museum going into detail about Borax Mining from Harmony Borax works which created Furnace Creek as a oasis town. Harmony Boroax converted it to tourism and helped make this a national park after... More 

1 Thank Peter O
Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2017

We stayed at the Ranch and tried four time to see the museum. Each time, the sign on the door read: Out to Lunch. Even at 4:00PM. We were very disappointed because peering through the window, we saw some interesting information. We went to the outdoor portion of the museum which was interesting.

Thank ValGary2014
Yorba Linda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2017

Very informative with a lot of artifacts. We were there for New Year's and it was actually crowded in the small museum. Enjoyed it.

Thank karigeo5
San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2016

This is a small store with a few items to call it a museum. The thing I learned is that I would never recognize gold ore. The old timer on the porch was chipping out arrow heads.

Thank Stanley B

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