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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

Mariposa, CA 95338
+1 209-742-7625
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Truly must see. It is our state treasure on display to the public for a very inexpensive price...$4.00.

I like that this time a robbery did not occur while I was there. The museum attendant are energize... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2014
9282012backntown
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Hanford, California
Interesting and fun for all ages

We learned so much about the mining history and methods used to mine. Many great displays to... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2014
asgrissom
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Fort Worth, Texas
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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
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+1 209-742-7625
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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
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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
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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
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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

Thank MKHNAFL
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed 20 January 2014

Many years ago I had the honor of helping to relocate this exhibit from San Francisco to Mariposa. It was sort of a "home-coming" in a way as the exhibit was established to promote early Mother Lode mining enterprises in the state. It has become...More

2  Thank Robert B
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Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

My husband and I made a point of coming to visit the museum, and were not disappointed. There were lots of incredible examples of every type of rock. We also loved the exhibit on mining. The staff was friendly and knowledgable, and we were very...More

Thank bpianopilot
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