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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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Great things to see!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 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 July 25, 2016

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 July 24, 2016 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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