California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa

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  • Not the world's largest museum, but very interesting, if only to see what the Gold Rush was all about. Drop in state funding is having an impact, but please support. Good value for the $4 entry to whi...  more »
  • Interesting collection of rocks but does not allow pictures. Loved to see the different colors and textures of granite and other less known rocks. Museum Needs some update in the data posted and maint...  more »
  • Fun little stop to see some beautiful rocks from around the world. Great variety and set up. Friendly ranger staff gave us all the info we could ask for.  more »
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  • This museum contains the entire mineral collection for the state of California. It includes a replicated 1850s gold mine. Tours are available or just walk through at your leisure. And it has a great gift shop with affordable prices. This needs to be advertised better!
  • A very good eye opener to early American mining history. I learnt so much.
  • I enjoy bringing my little here. His favorite is the black light rock display.
  • 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.
  • The museum is well laid out and very informative!

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