California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa

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4.5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
California State Mining and Mineral Museum is located in Mariposa. Arrange to visit California State Mining and Mineral Museum and other attractions in Mariposa using our Mariposa tourist route planner.
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  • 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...  read more »
  • Been here many times, also the people that work here are the best. Very knowledgeable and willing to answer any and all questions. They have some very nice things to see. The GOLD NUGGET they have is ...  read more »
  • We stopped by on our way out of Mariposa and it was worth the stop. It's a state park and the ranger was very nice recommending another museum and surrounding area attractions (not many hehe). It's a ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Worth a stop on the way to/from Yosemite. Great exhibits about gold mining and a gem mineral gallery. Enough hands on to engage the kids, including a recreated mineshaft, though there wasn't really much in there.
  • Nice small museum of mining. Good bargain for $4.
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