California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa

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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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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.

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