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Borax Museum

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Address: Hwy. 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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+1 760-786-2345
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This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the...

This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the history of Death Valley.

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Borax was about the only successful business the valley had

Death Valley had a lot of busts in mineral mining. The one highlight was Borax, used as a laundry cleaner among other things. This is a nice museum going into detail about Borax... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Death Valley had a lot of busts in mineral mining. The one highlight was Borax, used as a laundry cleaner among other things. This is a nice museum going into detail about Borax Mining from Harmony Borax works which created Furnace Creek as a oasis town. Harmony Boroax converted it to tourism and helped make this a national park after... More 

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Thank Peter O
Greenville, South Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Ranch and tried four time to see the museum. Each time, the sign on the door read: Out to Lunch. Even at 4:00PM. We were very disappointed because peering through the window, we saw some interesting information. We went to the outdoor portion of the museum which was interesting.

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Thank ValGary2014
Yorba Linda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative with a lot of artifacts. We were there for New Year's and it was actually crowded in the small museum. Enjoyed it.

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Thank karigeo5
San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small store with a few items to call it a museum. The thing I learned is that I would never recognize gold ore. The old timer on the porch was chipping out arrow heads.

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Thank Stanley B
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting small museum of the area. Highlights are all the different minerals of the area and the old machinery behind it.

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Thank AmericanInEurope02
Flanders, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

It's a quick stop just outside of Furnace Creek along 190. The old oar cars are fascinating and bring back memories of the old TV show, Death Valley Days, hosted by Ronald Reagan.

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Thank Bob B
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We always stay at the Furnace Creek Ranch when we stay at Death Valley. And we stay at Death Valley for a week - every other year. And every single visit, we visit the Borax Museum/Gift Shop that in located in Furnace Creek Ranch. It serves a fascinating bit of Death Valley history and well-describes one of the main reason... More 

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Thank cgtravers
Kirtland, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

For history buffs and people interested in early machines, this was worth the stop. Do you remember 20 mule team Borax commercials?

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Thank Michelle K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Can walk to the Borax Museum from the hotel room - very interesting and full of history - children would be interested in the old equipment that is on display

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

There were several buses here when we stopped so the Museum itself was very crowded as it is very, very small.. However, there was a lot of information to view, some nice gifts, books, etc. The grounds behind the museum showcased the different machinery involved in the mining operation. Lots of photo ops back there and very interesting.

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