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 had been studying about the California 49ers and so we decided to just go see it for ourselves, traveling up CA49! (Highly suggest!)
This museum is fascinating if you're a rock hound or if you just want to see how things worked back in the olden days of gold mining.
We were there for at least 2 hours, had a guided tour and purchased some really neat rocks.
The employee was super informative and told us about different specimens as well.
I would highly suggest you stop by here. It's inexpensive and worth your time!