California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa

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  • July 18, 2017
    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 »
  • July 10, 2017
    This a fun place to visit and a great value too. The reproduction of an old mine is fun to wander through. The collection of rocks and minerals is excellent.  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    wide variety of stones, this building are on the Fairgrounds, there was precisely that day a party of Indians, and in the evening we have a Bull Ride contest seen that also took place on the grounds of the Fairgrounds
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  • June 6, 2017
    I enjoy bringing my little here. His favorite is the black light rock display.
  • June 29, 2017
    The museum is well laid out and very informative!
  • September 16, 2016
    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.
  • June 15, 2017
    Excellent had lots of fun
  • April 16, 2016
    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.

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