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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Highlight of Our Trip-Don't Miss the Cottage Tour

We have visited this park twice-once 30 years ago and again last week, and it is a magical place... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lubbock, Texas
Something for Everyone

This is a great place to visit for anyone at any age, and a well run State Park. There are lots of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kate B
San Francisco, California
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The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
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10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have visited this park twice-once 30 years ago and again last week, and it is a magical place! Beautiful setting, and a great place to learn about mining and the mine owners and workers. Our tour guide was excellent, well informed and entertaining. She...More

Thank lubbock09
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great place to visit for anyone at any age, and a well run State Park. There are lots of interesting mining displays, machinery and a few interactive/instructional venues. You can take a self-guided tour of the mine operation and equipment (ore cars,...More

Thank Kate B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Grass Valley, and frequently take visiting friends and family members to the Empire Mine State Park. It's probably the most interesting attraction in our area. Parking is free. Admission to the mineyard area and gardens is $7 per adult. That includes the...More

Thank RJ748
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ask when Steve S. Will be giving tours if you want an upbeat, energetic, informative, and entertaining guide. 0n his tour of the mine, he ran the fun simulation, But the other, older gentleman guide did not give us that option. Both guides were quite...More

Thank Sylvia232323
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a hot day, but this is a must see in Grass Valley. A small entrance fee, to help keep the park maintained. Beautiful and a walk through history.

Thank Joy L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is historical to see how gold was mined and all the old equipment that is part of this park. It is amazing to see actually how the good miners went deep into earth and how dangerous it was. All this is set in beautiful...More

Thank KomillaS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely garden setting with sweeping lawns and tall pines in the enclosed park. Worth the modest entry price. We enjoyed the docent tour of the original mine-owner's summer home and the lodge as well as the brief trip into and around the mine. I wanted...More

Thank Robin T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Terrific tour, not to be missed. The tour guides and docents are very knowledgeable and the grounds are so historic and lovely. Great afternoon with kids

Thank 617molly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plan your visit for a date when they have the Living History tours, with excellent docents dressed in period costume and welcoming you to step back into the past and relive the glory days of mining. I recommend the Cottage tour of the owners home,...More

1  Thank Krystin123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a gorgeous day when we went to visit. The kids loved learning how the miners lived and worked. Blacksmith shop was a favorite with all of us and we enjoyed talking to the men there. We also went through the clubhouse and enjoyed...More

Thank Dawn_SCA
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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 KellyJo49 | 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