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Mariposa Museum and History Center

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Address: 5119 Jessie Street, At 12th, Mariposa, CA 95338
Phone Number: (209) 966-2924
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Spent about one hour here. Learned about gold rush, people of that time, etc. Alot to take in there. Interesting.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 14, 2016
Lelia G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Spent about one hour here. Learned about gold rush, people of that time, etc. Alot to take in there. Interesting.

Thank Lelia G
Wetmore, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

The owners of the B&B we stayed at recommended visiting. We enjoyed it. Tons of stuff to look at, but it was all very well arranged and clean!

Thank Shannon M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

We visited this after the ranger at the California Mining & Mineral museum recommended it to us. It was okay. I guess for a small town like Mariposa it's a well curated place with two big rooms filled with old trinkets and clothes, etc. I thought it was also going to have an exhibit on Native Americans as the ranger... More 

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Rockford, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

They said this was rated as one of the best museums in the country and I believe it. If you like mining town history this has it. Take time to let the volunteer give you a narrative. The book that explains each area seems unwieldy but if you take the time to use it really fills in the blanks.

Thank Bob B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Did not had a lot of time to spend, but the hour we spent was well worth it. Grandchildren enjoyed learning about the gold rush and going through exhibits that recreated old buildings and stores showed what life was like during the California gold rush.

Thank Stan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Honestly I wasn't expecting much before the visit, but once we went in, we were greeted by two lovely ladies who explained to us the history of the building, the significant people there in the past and how we should proceed in the museum. The exhibits together with the explanation in the folder were very detailed, and honestly I could... More 

Thank Teresa L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

This is a quaint, but small museum, but don't let that fool you, there are artifacts that you will see here that you never knew existed. Quiet and uncrowded, you can take all the time that you need to get a "real feel" of the adversities faced by the people who settled here, with an exhibit that shows how the... More 

Thank Beth M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Wide variety of artifacts. Fascinating displays. Children will enjoy this museum. You could easily spend several hours poring over the many displays.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

Nice rainy day - or any day activity. Kids will be fascinated with the old time clothing, my husband enjoyed the guns and weapons, and we both enjoyed seeing the mining techniques to get gold from quartz. Wide variety of items from churches, individuals and early companies in this jam packed but well arranged museum.

Thank rhodysmiles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

What a gem in mariposa !! This museum certainly challenges the larger history museums in the west with both the quality and quantity of displays. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

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