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“What a terrific museum and an informative tour! Thanks for making our trip worth it!”

California State Mining and Mineral Museum
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Mariposa
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Owner description: Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.
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 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!

Thank MyPrairieGirl
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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 up in safes in the room called “the Vault.” The museum also has displays of mining equipment and life-size dioramas showing miners at work. It is easy to walk through and, I believe, wheelchair accessible.

If you simply want to look at these exhibits, the museum, located at the entrance to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, might well be worth a visit. If, like me, however, you want to photograph what you see on your travels, you will be frustrated: photography is not allowed. The ranger at the front desk explained that this was because the museum had suffered a major robbery several years ago, and it was believed that the thieves had come to the museum earlier and photographed the most valuable specimens “so they would know exactly what to take.” I wished that the museum had put all its valuable specimens in the Vault room and then banned photography in just that room, rather than making the entire facility off limits.

Thank Lisa Y
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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 kinds of stunning gems. If you like rocks, do not miss this!

1  Thank Tamara H
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Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Been here many times, also the people that work here are the best. Very knowledgeable and willing to answer any and all questions. They have some very nice things to see. The GOLD NUGGET they have is a must see....

Thank TRAVELER_MAN01
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We stopped by on our way out of Mariposa and it was worth the stop. It's a state park and the ranger was very nice recommending another museum and surrounding area attractions (not many hehe). It's a pretty neat little museum filled with minerals local to the California area. The best part of it was a mine tunnel replica with a little exhibit of what the mines used to be like. They also have one of the largest gold nuggets ever. No photography for obvious security reasons. It's a neat stop for kids I would imagine.

Thank lc v
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