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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

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Address: Mariposa, CA 95338
Phone Number: (209) 742-7625
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Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.

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Out of the way geological history worth finding

The CA State Mining and Mineral Museum is one of those places that may not stand out as a destination against the backdrop of Yosemite, but it is worth stopping for. It sits in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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East Bay, CA
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East Bay, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The CA State Mining and Mineral Museum is one of those places that may not stand out as a destination against the backdrop of Yosemite, but it is worth stopping for. It sits in a quiet corner of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, and there is not a lot of advertising fanfare in the vicinity. There are a ton of beautiful... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Pardon the pun but is a really great place. Our kids are 10 and 14 and we all liked it. Only $4 for 13 and over and free rot younger kids. Allow an hour. Really nice displays and prices to purchase items are very reasonable.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were amazed at how stunningly beautiful the mineral and rock collection is at California State Mining and Mineral Museum. There is a lot of interesting information on the history of mining in the area as well. The museum is part of the California State Park System. The hours for the museum are posted on their web site. There is... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two parts to the museum. One is an outstanding display of gems, quartz, and other beautiful geological specimens. The second is about the history of mining in California. The two parts complement each other and create a very enjoyable whole. What really earned the five stars, however, was the very helpful and knowledgeable staff and docents. Fantastic people. It was... More 

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of great specimens both locally and internationally to view. If you are a rock hound, they really have some nice stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We were pleasantly surprised to find this in Mariposa. My husband loves rocks, so we decided to go see what they had. It was really nice!! All kinds of cool specimens. Definitely worth $4 admission.

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Dinsmore, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

If you like rocks and amazing specimens, this is a wonderful place to explore. Crazy gigantic gold nugget, cool replica of a mining tunnel, outrageous model of a stamp mill and boggling display showing how underground gold mining tunnels were laid out, and how deep they went. (you'd NEVER get me in there!!!). Did we mention amazing mineral specimens? We... More 

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Barton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

We kept seeing mention of this museum so decided almost as we were leaving Mariposa to give it a look. Having got lost on a strange estate we finally found it and to our horror it was closed. We received lots of looks from people in and on the estate but no one tried to help find the place. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

This is the official State of California museum for minerals and gold. It displays some very nice gold and also has a 'mine' tour describing what it was like to work in a mine around 1850-75. We were shown the mine and displays by a very knowledgeable gentleman who answered all our questions. There is a gift shop for rocks... More 

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Evanston, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

We camped at the Mariposa Fairgrounds RV Park for 3 days in early April. We had some time to kill on day 2 and were delighted to find the CA State Mining and Mineral Museum on-site. This museum highlights not only the history of mining in the state of California, but showcases some of the finest examples of beautiful minerals... More 

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