Speciality Museums • History Museums
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- From entering the museum it was like stepping back in time. The counter and cabinets are full of memorabilia dating back to the 1800. We found the information on the mining for gold quite fascinating. Allow yourself 2hrs to read and soak up the history of this beautiful laid out museum. Only 5$ to enter great value for money.Written September 21, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We were lucky to have our extended family as the only group at the Mining and Mineral Museum, so we got to enjoy each experience fully. We looked through the amazing and diverse examples of different minerals, had a special demonstration of the miniature mine, and got to explore the mine walk-through. A must-see in Mariposa if you have a nature-loving family.Written July 5, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Decent visitor going to Mariposa County in an area just West of Yosemite National Park. They have information about this quaint western town and its riches. Close by, they have a gold mining museum which has a rich history on the gold rich of 1849 and all the famous gems and minerals, etc. on display. It gives you a chronological timeline of the gold rush and exploration of all the CA mines and the minerals found. Really cool displays.Written June 27, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The wildfire smoke cut our time in Yosemite short, so we were looking for a way to kill some time in the foothills before heading back to the Bay Area. My friend found this winery through a Google search, so we headed over. It was easy to access from our base in Oakhurst and incredibly well-signed. We followed the road back through the vineyard to the charming, tiny tasting room where we were first greeted by a very welcoming dog, then by Bob the vintner. After a generous, free tasting of some delicious wines and lots of stories about Bob’s adventures in and around the Park, we ended up with a bottle each to take home and a glass each to enjoy while relaxing in the beautiful, quiet outdoor seating area. This place is well worth a visit for good wine, good conversation, and a beautiful setting to rest your legs before, after, or between Yosemite adventures. Let Bob know we said hi!Written October 3, 2021
- Nice choice of nick Mac items. Reasonable prices. Antiques and current items that might attract your attention.Written June 3, 2019
- We saw this waterfall from two different entrances to Yosemite! We saw it entering from Tunnel View on the Wawona entrance and from the Mariposa entrance. It is totally impressive from either side and there was a fair amount of water in it.Written May 24, 2022
- One of the historic attractions you can see in Mariposa is the County's Old Stone Jail on Bullion Street.
What you will find is a single floor jailhouse constructed in 1858 during the mining era. The jailhouse is made of granite stones quarried from nearby Mormon Bar. You can walk around the jailhouse and view its exterior architecture but it is not open for public visitation so no visits inside unfortunately. A short history is provided in front of the historic building.
You can conveniently combine a visit here with the historic Cathedral and the Country Courthouse both of which are also located on Bullion Street. Pick up the free city map provided at the Visitor Centre on the main road (H-140) to locate these and other historic properties around Mariposa conveniently.Written May 3, 2019
- Loved the history. Very helpful staff. Especially love how everything here is not "paved over" and "tourist trap" sort of stuff. Eg.: actual stone ruins dot the landscape, etc...Written January 20, 2020
- We were roaming around in Yosemite and were in Wawona and missed the turn to the Pioneer Village; so we turned on the next road and followed through the backside of Wawona and through Yosemite in the Redwoods. We came upon the trailhead parking lot and parked. A very nice ride and then a very nice hike up to the first falls. This was the first time I had ever been in this part of Yosemite in the multitude of times that I have been there . Definitely a place that we will return to.Written May 24, 2022
- My wife and hiked a bit here just before dinner in Mariposa. It is a wilderness-like area, with several miles of trails along Stockton Creek up to the Stockton Creek Reservoir. The Stockton Creek Preserve is just north east of Mariposa, an easy walk from downtown, and has several miles of hiking trails along Stockton Creek.
Of note, on the map I had, it looked like you could just walk up 6th street 2 blocks; but at the end of 6th street, you have to turn right on Mariposa, then very quickly left on Trabucco St, which basically dead ends at the trailhead.
We saw a jogger and a family with kids, so the trail is suitable for all levels.Written April 25, 2023
- St. Joseph's Catholic Church is one of several historical landmark buildings along Bullion Street in Mariposa. This is a small wooden church that was built in 1862 and included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
The church is Carpenter Gothic in style. It has a simple and attractive white exterior with a front steeple at the church entrance. There are some flowers and planted beds in front of the church as well. Within, you'll find a simple interior with modest decor.
For those potentially interested in attending mass at the historic church, the posted masses schedule at the time of our visit was 8am daily, 10.30am on Sunday and 5pm on Saturdays.
Note, Visitors interested in viewing other historic sites around the area can also see the old stone jailhouse just a few blocks away as well as the Mariposa County Courthouse further up Bullion road between 9th and 10th Steets.
If you stop by the Visitor Centre of Highway 140 near the north end of Mariposa, you can pick up a free map of the town which includes each of these locations, making them very easy to locate while you are sightseeing around the town.Written May 15, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions about Mariposa
- The most popular things to do in Mariposa with kids according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Mariposa Museum and History Center
- Yosemite Close Up Tours
- California State Mining and Mineral Museum
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