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Empire Mine State Historic Park

10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Recently revisited with friends from out of town.

Loved seeing the model of the supporting structures for the mines. The narrative is very... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2016
Grass Valley, California
A magnificent property

Recently a month ago I was visiting with my brother who lives a few miles from this site. In the... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2016
Carol Y
New Lebanon, New York
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The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good28%
  • Average3%
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“mine shaft” (34 reviews)
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10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

Loved seeing the model of the supporting structures for the mines. The narrative is very informative. I had not been aware of the strong Scottish heritage of the minors. The way they traveled to the depths of the mine will give you goosebumps.

Thank smcandrews
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Recently a month ago I was visiting with my brother who lives a few miles from this site. In the middle of no where is this amazing well kept group of structures and old buildings and manicured lawns. We went on the official tour through...More

Thank Carol Y
Reviewed 9 November 2016

So, I will be honest and tell you since I live here in Grass Valley I've been to the park loads of times and all over it, but I've never taken the tour (I even have clients who are docents, I AM ashamed). But it's...More

Thank GVTraveller
Reviewed 9 November 2016

A stunning park that actually encompasses the old mine buildings and related equipment which is the grim part of the self guided tour (guided tours also available of both the mine and the owner's house) as well as the beautiful club for management/owners and the...More

Thank Kathy Z
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Who knew this was the #1 producing gold mine in the U.S. for many years.....with each new advance in technology, the mine just kept producing. Very educational whether self-guided or with a docent led tour. House tour is not a big deal so I wouldn't...More

Thank pcyork
Reviewed 5 November 2016

We took the $7 tour and found it really interesting. The docent told us about the history of the gold mine, we walked down a little ways into a mine shaft, saw a blacksmith demo, went through the museum which included a cool representation of...More

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Three enjoyable aspects to this state park. First, an opportunity to understand the operation of an underground gold mine. Second, a look inside a historic home. Finally, some great hiking trails.

Thank 361dennis
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We love the Empire Mine, both for the Gold Rush historyt and for the beautiful grounds. We always take out of town guests here and all have enjoyed the tour. Do try to have enough time for a docent lead tour so that you can...More

Thank ohminer
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We try and attend the Miner's Picnic each year. It seems to get better and better each year. Bring a picnic or buy something to eat there from cart vendors. The preservation of the grounds is remarkable. Docents dress in period costumes and are a...More

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Fun and educational visit to the Gold Country. Learn how gold was mined from the 1800s to 1956. There is the Bourne Mansion where the original owner lived. The grounds are very well kept. A popular place for weddings.

Thank dillism
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11 August 2016|
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Response from gail v | Reviewed this property |
The Empire Mines is a part of the California State Parks. The entrance fee for adults is seven dollars.
11 August 2016|
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Response from KellyJo49 | Reviewed this property |
There is no parking fee for Empire Mine State Park, only an entry fee to see the museum and grounds. According to the documents on the California Parks website, the pass does not apply to entry fees. But, I would call... More
Judith D
26 July 2016|
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Response from This M | Reviewed this property |
There is a tour that will take you around through the buildings, and down 30 ft into a mine. Buy your tickets once inside, it's about $7 per ticket. There is a lot of room for many people on the tour. If you don't do the... More