California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa

(4.4/5 based on 70 reviews on the web)
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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, fluor...  more »
  • 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 st...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A large collection of gemstones, many rarely seen, from around the world. The largest crystalline gold nugget is on display after being rediscovered in a safety deposit box where it had been unknowingly stored for decades. Also in the museum is a simulated mine shaft.
  • 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.
  • The staff was excellent. I agree with the fact that it's a little hard to find, but once you do it's worth it.
  • Nice small museum of mining. Good bargain for $4.