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Borax Museum

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Address: Hwy. 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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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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The signposts could have more info

Interesting short walk to see the remains of borax mining & mule train, but not enough info about borax on the signs. there's more info about this at Zabriskie Point, surprisingly.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting short walk to see the remains of borax mining & mule train, but not enough info about borax on the signs. there's more info about this at Zabriskie Point, surprisingly.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's ok. There's a bunch of equipment with some information. It's not a highlight but at least it is free.

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Self guided with lots of pictures and information. Beautiful display of rocks and crystals. Provided a history of the development of Death Valley

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Thank DesertDarling
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

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 26 December 2016

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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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 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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Flanders, New Jersey
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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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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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