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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

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Address: Mariposa, CA 95338
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Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.

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What a terrific museum and an informative tour! Thanks for making our trip worth it!

Our Christmas trip started in Mariposa at the museum. It was pouring rain on 12/15 but we found the museum and headed inside to a welcoming employee. Our son filled out the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Christmas trip started in Mariposa at the museum. It was pouring rain on 12/15 but we found the museum and headed inside to a welcoming employee. Our son filled out the questionnaire and was sworn in as a California State Park Junior Ranger. He had been studying about the California 49ers and so we decided to just go see... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

This museum has a lot of lovely specimens of California minerals, including not only the expected gold (Mariposa is on the southern border of California’s “Gold Country”) but malachite, azurite, fluorescent minerals, and much more. Some of the gold pieces are valuable enough to lock up in safes in the room called “the Vault.” The museum also has displays of... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This is the best, very best rock, mineral and gem museum I have ever been to. I couldn't get enough of it. The staff was amazing and knew everything about everything in the place. The gift shop was stellar and I came home with all kinds of stunning gems. If you like rocks, do not miss this!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Been here many times, also the people that work here are the best. Very knowledgeable and willing to answer any and all questions. They have some very nice things to see. The GOLD NUGGET they have is a must see....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

We stopped by on our way out of Mariposa and it was worth the stop. It's a state park and the ranger was very nice recommending another museum and surrounding area attractions (not many hehe). It's a pretty neat little museum filled with minerals local to the California area. The best part of it was a mine tunnel replica with... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

If you like California history or facts about rocks/minerals it is a great stop. Not expensive and some beautiful once in a lifetime mineral finds.

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Mariposa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

If you like gems, minerals this is fantastic. The museum has very rare specimens if different minerals from all over the world.There is also an exhibit of mining tunnels, . Ranger Randy is most knowledgeable and friendly

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Our grandchildren definitely enjoyed this visit. The displays are wonderful lots of informational signs. The staff is very friendly and extremely knowledgable. The walk through mine replica is very well done. There were great geological samples displayed and mining tools with loads of information.

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Well, we have lived here 30 years - and just now did we go to the Museum. We had heard about it, driven by it more times than we could count, had a friend very involved in the designing of it and still . . .hadn't been there. We were VERY impressed by this small and yet well-done mining and... More 

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Silicon Valley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Lovely museum which is appropriate for solo and family travelers. Helpful staff. Great displays with informational signage. Beautiful artifacts and very educational.

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