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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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Pretty cool

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Katelyn T
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is nice. It is in a little town but sure has a lot to offer you as far as knowledge goes. They do a great job with the funds they have a the staff are knowledgeable about the the museum and the surrounding area. They were so kind and gave us a bunch of ideas for the area.... More 

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East Bay, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago 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 July 5, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

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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