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Big Bear Historical Museum

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Address: 630 Bartlett Road, CA
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+1 909-585-8100

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Excellent museum!

Love this place... They have a gold mining experience for you to enjoy, you get to watch horseshoes being shaped and are given one, learn much about the history of Big Bear... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Huntington Beach, CA
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Huntington Beach, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place... They have a gold mining experience for you to enjoy, you get to watch horseshoes being shaped and are given one, learn much about the history of Big Bear, which is fascinating. Many little houses that existed way back when with docents who explain what was done in the house.... including a school house. Again, get info... More 

Thank Siameseldy
El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Went there last fall for the first time. Entrance fee nominal. The group that supports this Historical Museum have done an excellent job over the years with their collection of items and displays. They have full on buildings that they have restored and displays inside from the era and area. Locals and visitor alike should visit here. We became members... More 

Thank Robin S
Upland, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Review life in the Big Bear Valley region with examples and samples of what life was like in the early years in Big Bear.

1 Thank Ronald C
Livermore, Calif.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This was quite a surprise, we were expecting something really small, but it wasn't, a few buildings and lots of history. Most items have been donated. We thoroughly enjoyed this, even a working blacksmith. Price is only $5.00 and children are free. The docents are full of information and you can tell they are really enjoying sharing the history with... More 

2 Thank loalynne
Oxnard, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

My kids loved this place. There was a free gold panning area where the kids got to pan for gold. We purchased little glass bottles in the gift shop to put the gold in. They were $.50 each (recommend buying one per person, otherwise you will be holding all the little specks of gold). The blacksmith was out making horseshoes... More 

3 Thank jenniferh1229
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

We were pleasantly surprised by our visit to the Big Bear Historical Museum. It's far more extensive than we had thought, with almost a dozen historical buildings/structures to wander through. The parking was free, and the entry fee was only $5--well worth such a modest fee. The initial building houses a gift shop & lots of displays featuring old photos... More 

Thank Evan B
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

Everyone should go and visit this place. I WISH they had more but they are trying and I think Volunteers mostly run the place. I wish I had time to help. They even sell sarsaparilla drinks there! We bought two to share and taste! It was a very interesting visit and I would go back again sometime!!! Limited hours! Do... More 

Thank IShareCuzICare
Tucson, Arizona, Usa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

The museum I small but full of historical information. We enjoyed the old house and the lady narrator that was inside was very friendly and told us about the history of the old cabin and how it was moved to its present location. We also went into the old school house, which brought back old memories of how things were... More 

Thank Klara C
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

Plan to spend at least two hours here for adults, probably one hour for children. Definitely interesting artifacts including a restored horse drawn hearse and operating blacksmith shop. The mining exhibits are quite interesting the log cabin quite interesting the "hollywood" connection informative. If you like Southern California history then visit the museum.

1 Thank 1Scooter
Norco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

This museum is so interesting... My husband and I enjoyed it so much... It's a very compact location but has so many artifacts and interesting things to see. The people that run the show are very knowledgeable and give you a lot of insight about the happenings in this area..

Thank candy t

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