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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

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Mariposa, CA 95338
+1 209-742-7625
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Rainy day visit

Had to alter our plans due to the intense rain and flooding so we decided on the mining and mineral... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2018
PhiladelphiaPhillip
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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super little place

Not the world's largest museum, but very interesting, if only to see what the Gold Rush was all... read more

Reviewed December 3, 2017
14pms02
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“gold nugget” (5 reviews)
“junior ranger” (2 reviews)
“rock hound” (2 reviews)
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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

Had to alter our plans due to the intense rain and flooding so we decided on the mining and mineral museum. We’re presently surprised to also find a gem and rock show, where we treated the kids to geodes sawed up to see what surprise...More

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Reviewed December 3, 2017

Not the world's largest museum, but very interesting, if only to see what the Gold Rush was all about. Drop in state funding is having an impact, but please support. Good value for the $4 entry to while away an hour

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Reviewed October 31, 2017

Interesting collection of rocks but does not allow pictures. Loved to see the different colors and textures of granite and other less known rocks. Museum Needs some update in the data posted and maintenance. I expected the tunnel to include some mining demonstration or equipment...More

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Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

Fun little stop to see some beautiful rocks from around the world. Great variety and set up. Friendly ranger staff gave us all the info we could ask for.

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

This a fun place to visit and a great value too. The reproduction of an old mine is fun to wander through. The collection of rocks and minerals is excellent.

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Reviewed June 10, 2017

If you are in the area and have any interest in minerals or want to walk through a short mine tunnel, stop by this museum. It’s fairly small but there are a lot of mineral samples.

Thank Diane W
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Only like 3 bucks to go in. Located at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, and you can also camp there for only 20 bucks a night with hot showers if cant get into Yosemite with your camper.

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Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

I liked this museum, but i am a rock nerd. The rest of my family was bored. Lots of cool rocks, gems ,and a huge gold nugget. I took about an hour to see and read everything. Most people will be much less.

Thank wingnut457
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

We have been here several times. We have always done a self guided tour, but this time we took the guided tour, and it was very informative. You can spend half a day just looking at the mineral displays and reading all about them. Very...More

Thank corkyg02
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

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...More

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