California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa

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Where to stay in Mariposa

Mariposa hosts a number of conveniently located hotels and motels. From here guests can to walk to the town's most popular restaurants, stores, and cultural attractions. To experience the Old West, consider staying in a more rural inn, cabin, or a converted ranch. You may have to compromise on comfort, but these lodgings pack plenty of character. A local bed and breakfast is a good option for many, blending charm with amenities such as air conditioning.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • I enjoy bringing my little here. His favorite is the black light rock display.
  • The museum is well laid out and very informative!
  • If you're into rocks or geology this is the place for you. These places are not glitzy and this one isn't either, but it's educational and even has some little known California history. Lots of stuff about the gold rush and mining, but the other displays are well done and beautifully staged. It's free too.
  • Excellent had lots of fun
  • This museum was an unexpected perk of staying at the Mariposa Fairgrounds RV Park. It houses some really beautiful specimens of gems and minerals from all over the world, as well as educational displays about the gold rush era and the hardships endured by miners back in those days. If you ever thought your job was hard, come to this museum and you'll get off the pity party bus! Be sure to walk through the tunnel that attempts to replicate conditions in the mines, right down to the horrible musty smell and near total darkness. It's not too terribly long, but enough to give you a feel for what things were like for the workers. The gift shop has some cute stuff, too, that's reasonably priced. Price of admission is $4.00 per person. I felt it was money well-spent.