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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
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Interesting variety of items.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
rhodysmiles
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Rhode Island
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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is really small, but it also charges just a small admission fee. The kids liked looking around outside, especially.

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

What a great little museum. Packed with information and artifacts about the area and the Gold Rush. A must see if visiting Mariposa. You will need a couple of hours to really see it.

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Thank Mike O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Our grandchildren were fascinated with this museum. They could open draws and see items people purchased long ago. These included baby shoes, gloves, and a men's detachable shirt collar. Everything is clean and well organized.

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Thank BarbaraLung
Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this amazing little museum. It was obvious that the people of this area are not only in touch with their historical roots, but celebrate them. The displays were thoughtfully arranged and many times some local person had donated part of the display. I learned a lot about the gold mining history of not only that area, but... More 

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Central Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We had time to kill before arriving at a friend's house in Mariposa and made a stop at this museum. We were so surprised! Lots of good history and interesting exhibits. Each exhibit looks lovingly created by the museum staff. A real joy. Just wish we had allowed more time for this visit. Would recommend at least 2 hours.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Free to Veterans, $5 for most others. Contains a wealth of information on the Mariposa area, particularly on the gold mining era, as well as replicas of period rooms, such as a doctor's office, printing office, gold assayer's office, and many more. A working model of a late 19th century rock crushing and gold extracting operation is both informative and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

My wife and I visited the museum and found the exhibits to be an interesting look back into the lives of the early settlers in this region. If you like history and are fascinated by artifacts of the past, then I think you will enjoy the museum. The staff was helpful and friendly.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

This museum has a great self-guided tour and a lot of interesting stuff from pre-European times, Gold Rush era, and Yosemite times.

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