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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

Mariposa, CA 95338
+1 209-742-7625
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Interesting collection of rocks but does not allow pictures. Loved to see the different colors and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Miami, Florida
Great side trip

Fun little stop to see some beautiful rocks from around the world. Great variety and set up... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2017
Draper, Utah
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Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Mariposa, CA 95338
+1 209-742-7625
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting collection of rocks but does not allow pictures. Loved to see the different colors and textures of granite and other less known rocks. Museum Needs some update in the data posted and maintenance. I expected the tunnel to include some mining demonstration or equipment...More

Thank eliroly
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Fun little stop to see some beautiful rocks from around the world. Great variety and set up. Friendly ranger staff gave us all the info we could ask for.

Thank itsallmine
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This a fun place to visit and a great value too. The reproduction of an old mine is fun to wander through. The collection of rocks and minerals is excellent.

Thank marywoods
Reviewed 11 June 2017

If you are in the area and have any interest in minerals or want to walk through a short mine tunnel, stop by this museum. It’s fairly small but there are a lot of mineral samples.

Thank Diane W
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Only like 3 bucks to go in. Located at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, and you can also camp there for only 20 bucks a night with hot showers if cant get into Yosemite with your camper.

1  Thank bookouts
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I liked this museum, but i am a rock nerd. The rest of my family was bored. Lots of cool rocks, gems ,and a huge gold nugget. I took about an hour to see and read everything. Most people will be much less.

Thank wingnut457
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We have been here several times. We have always done a self guided tour, but this time we took the guided tour, and it was very informative. You can spend half a day just looking at the mineral displays and reading all about them. Very...More

Thank corkyg02
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Our Christmas trip started in Mariposa at the museum. It was pouring rain on 12/15 but we found the museum and headed inside to a welcoming employee. Our son filled out the questionnaire and was sworn in as a California State Park Junior Ranger. He...More

Thank MyPrairieGirl
Reviewed 11 November 2016

This museum has a lot of lovely specimens of California minerals, including not only the expected gold (Mariposa is on the southern border of California’s “Gold Country”) but malachite, azurite, fluorescent minerals, and much more. Some of the gold pieces are valuable enough to lock...More

Thank Lisa Y
Reviewed 25 September 2016

This is the best, very best rock, mineral and gem museum I have ever been to. I couldn't get enough of it. The staff was amazing and knew everything about everything in the place. The gift shop was stellar and I came home with all...More

1  Thank Tamara H
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