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“Small museum - many mineral samples”

California State Mining and Mineral Museum
Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Mariposa
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Owner description: Specialty museum dedicated to the California gold mining industry.
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
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"gold nugget"
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"nice little gift shop"
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"lots of fun"
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"gold rush"
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"guided tour"
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"minerals"
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"gems"
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"rocks"
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"ranger"
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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
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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
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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 reasonably priced.

Thank corkyg02
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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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