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Time travel, great re-enactment of the Bourn family

When we arrived, I signed us up for the tour, but didn't know what to expect. Well, I didn't ask... read more

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Menlo Park, Kalifornien
Beautiful garden

The best part of the mine was the scale model of the mine shafts. Really cool. To me the best... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sacramento, California
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“gold mining”(33 reviews)
“mine shaft”(36 reviews)
“living history”(21 reviews)
The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Reviewed yesterday

When we arrived, I signed us up for the tour, but didn't know what to expect. Well, I didn't ask, but I thought it would be a tour to the gold mines. We were a group of 4, one 10 year old girls and three...More

Thank StefanCal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best part of the mine was the scale model of the mine shafts. Really cool. To me the best part was the mansion and the garden there. Really beautiful.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second trip out to Empire Mine State Park, and it certainly will not be our last. We took my family out to visit, as dad is interested in history and old machinery. Lots of the original buildings are still able to be...More

Thank doctorbove
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mine and house tour are wonderful. Diorama of the mine made with colored wire is worth the trip. It shows the mine goes under the entier area 5 miles down

Thank susan J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved how the Empire Mine has a working blacksmith as well as items that you can purchase here. The grounds a beautiful especially the garden. About $7 per person to get in, and nicely taken care of.

1  Thank bigred19620811
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting place - we first went into the little museum, which had some history of the mine and the original model of the mine which has a recorded narration. Then we went to see the mine shaft and watched the blacksmiths work. Really cool...More

Thank Caliblue75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived to late in the day for the house tour, although we were able to walk around the grounds, flower garden, many other buildings, mine processing and visitors center. The information in the visitors center is a wonderful start before going out to the...More

Thank Teresa H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth its great Trip advisor rating. We went on a busy Labor Day weekend but they were easily able to handle the high numbers of visitors. We went back to do some of the hiking trails in the park later in the week.

Thank Earl H
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

I homeschooled my daughter for grade 4 which is traditionally a CA History year. Took her to Empire Mine to learn about the gold rush and gold mining - great lessons here. She loved the entire experience.

1  Thank Ally G
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Interesting gold and silver mining history, with lovely accessible mining area, and the former private residence of the owners, same family who had the beautiful Filoli estate in Redwood City, Ca.. Must see both

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August 11, 2016|
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Response from gail v | Reviewed this property |
The Empire Mines is a part of the California State Parks. The entrance fee for adults is seven dollars.
August 11, 2016|
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Response from Kelly K | Reviewed this property |
There is no parking fee for Empire Mine State Park, only an entry fee to see the museum and grounds. According to the documents on the California Parks website, the pass does not apply to entry fees. But, I would call... More
Judith D
July 26, 2016|
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Response from This M | Reviewed this property |
There is a tour that will take you around through the buildings, and down 30 ft into a mine. Buy your tickets once inside, it's about $7 per ticket. There is a lot of room for many people on the tour. If you don't do the... More