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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

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I watched a couple walk out of this museum because of the $4.00 admission price. They were only 20... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2015
Napa, California
Displayed Minerals with odd textures and exploding colors

I've been to a few large natural history type museum with gemstones, and this is as good as any... read more

Reviewed 28 January 2015
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Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.
Mariposa, CA 95338
+1 209-742-7625
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All reviews gold nugget nice little gift shop lots of fun gold rush minerals tunnel gems rocks collection ranger samples reproduction information equipment
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Reviewed 30 March 2015

I watched a couple walk out of this museum because of the $4.00 admission price. They were only 20 feet away from one of the most beautiful and largest surviving natural gold nuggets in the world, The Frico Nugget, as well as the finest collection...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2015

I've been to a few large natural history type museum with gemstones, and this is as good as any I've ever seen,... maybe better. I saw some minerals here that I had not seen (or remembered?) from other museums. I particularly liked that they often...More

1  Thank ColoradoCat
Reviewed 25 October 2014

I like that this time a robbery did not occur while I was there. The museum attendant are energize to help you have a wonderful experience.

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Reviewed 18 September 2014

We learned so much about the mining history and methods used to mine. Many great displays to entertain all ages.

Thank asgrissom
Reviewed 7 September 2014

A very interesting place to visit, and gain some local history about minding for all kinds of minerals, staff very helpful

Thank carpmad32
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Stopped by here to learn all about minerals and were greeted by several men with white beards and mustaches dressed in old-timer's clothes. They gave us a history lesson on the gold rush era and then demonstrated how to pan for gold. You can buy...More

1  Thank Cinemaniac1
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I love this place - both for all the information and the life size, walk-through mine tunnel. There's something for adults and kids as well as a great little gift shop. Put this and the History Museum on your vacation plans while you're in the...More

Reviewed 28 April 2014

This museum houses minerals and gems of all kinds. It has a reproduction of a mine to walk through and has a 100 year old model of an ore processing plant. Because of a robbery in 2012 the large Fricot gold chunk is no longer...More

Thank Ed60062
Reviewed 15 April 2014

From the dazzling 14 lb Fricot "nugget" to countless samples of our state's rich mining (and mineral) history and present, this is a must-stop for the traveler. Even if you're not a gold/mineral/history buff? You WILL be by the time you leave this well-organized, fascinating...More

Thank MaestroLM
Reviewed 14 April 2014

State Park Ranger Randy gave us a personal tour since we were the first ones to show up at opening time. This isn't an all day place, but it was fun to poke around in for about 30 minutes. The mine shaft was fun to...More

Thank Erin S
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