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Really interesting peice of history

Really puts the Ca. old mining into perspective. Great displays and actual mine and mining... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
karen2450
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Phoenix, Arizona
wonderful place that I wished I owned

We went to the Empire Mine State Historic Park to see the cottage. We landed on a day that they had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bob S
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San Jose, 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really puts the Ca. old mining into perspective. Great displays and actual mine and mining equipment. A must see.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Empire Mine State Historic Park to see the cottage. We landed on a day that they had period actors inside the cottage so we really got to hear and feel the period. Beautiful place that was only a summer home. Amazing....More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ordinarily, tunnel vision has a negative stigma, but not at this place. In fact, it will open your eyes and widen your view and understanding of the mining industry of the late 1800's and early 1900's of California. The place is chock full of information...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Ray S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of space for kids to run around, amazing history and beautiful grounds. A nice museum and gift shop and lots of history to be learned.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 1, 2019

Great opportunity to visit and learn about gold mining in California. The Park is very well maintained and close to town. Informative guided tours.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 11, 2019 via mobile

Our visit today was first class. As well as being able to walk around at our leisure, we took in two guided tours. The tour guides were so informative that it made a history lesson that much more enjoyable. For the most part, it actually...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 11, 2019

Willis Polk designed "The Bourn Cottage" at the Empire Mine. There's a long and interesting story about the estate - which is related to Fi-Lo-Li in San Mateo County near San Francisco. The gardens, however, are equally lovely, as are the other buildings on the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed June 9, 2019

Very interesting We had a tour of the mine and cottage as well as the main house. Excellent tour directors

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 1940ianc
Reviewed June 9, 2019

Please do not miss touring the grounds of this beautiful park. We take each and every guest and family member here when weather is good. The docents are amazing and informative. Our grand boys loved it.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Janie P
Reviewed June 5, 2019

This park is unique because local volunteers re-enact the mine’s owner and wife along with maids and butler. Then a walk down to the mine yard reveals what a hard life the workers had cirica 1905. But the real treat is viewing the mine entrance...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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1meejet
August 11, 2016|
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Response from Tucson_AZAdventurer | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I do not know, either. I too would suggest a call to the park
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1meejet
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
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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
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