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Beautiful Grounds, Great History Lesson

We went to the Empire Mine State Park on Veterans Day. Although the grounds and gardens were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Reno, NV

Great place to spend an afternoon, or a day for the technically interested. Started in the mid... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cllark W
Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 4 October 2004

Excellent place to learn about mining industry during gold rush. This park is a whole mining company property preserved. When you walk in it looks like you have stepped back in time an are in the 1800’s at a mining company and everyone has gone...More

3  Thank Mission_Viejo_CA
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We thought you HAVE to take a tour to see the mine, as we thought you could walk through it. But the mine is fenced off, so you can see it yourself. Had we known this, we would not have wasted our time on a...More

2  Thank RealTravelman
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to the Empire Mine State Park on Veterans Day. Although the grounds and gardens were beautiful, I wish we had been there when all the flowers were blooming. If you go, dont skip the displays in the visitors center. They are very well...More

Thank NVShirleyH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to spend an afternoon, or a day for the technically interested. Started in the mid 1800s, there are many surviving relics of what was once Avery robust mine, with over 360 miles of (now flooded) mine shafts. I was amazed to learn this...More

Thank Cllark W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a short road trip on a Saturday afternoon and saw this on the map and decided to go see it. It was very interesting, not only for the history, but also to see what the miners had to go through to work here....More

Thank cjbliss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The mine is fascinating, the story based in the gold rush. Magnificant lush landscaping and beautiful large trees make this an enjoyable place to be on a summer day.

Thank joannea392
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family had visited the mine in the past, and we were able to reserve the "cottage" area for a private family event from 5PM, which made it very special. The park has preferred vendors, or use your own. Everything went smoothly, all things considered.

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When we arrived, I signed us up for the tour, but didn't know what to expect. Well, I didn't ask, but I thought it would be a tour to the gold mines. We were a group of 4, one 10 year old girls and three...More

Thank StefanCal
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

The best part of the mine was the scale model of the mine shafts. Really cool. To me the best part was the mansion and the garden there. Really beautiful.

Thank TravelinMan020
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This was our second trip out to Empire Mine State Park, and it certainly will not be our last. We took my family out to visit, as dad is interested in history and old machinery. Lots of the original buildings are still able to be...More

Thank doctorbove
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Mine and house tour are wonderful. Diorama of the mine made with colored wire is worth the trip. It shows the mine goes under the entier area 5 miles down

Thank 943susanJ943
Reviewed 24 September 2018

I loved how the Empire Mine has a working blacksmith as well as items that you can purchase here. The grounds a beautiful especially the garden. About $7 per person to get in, and nicely taken care of.

1  Thank bigred19620811
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11 August 2016|
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Response from gail v | Reviewed this property |
The Empire Mines is a part of the California State Parks. The entrance fee for adults is seven dollars.
11 August 2016|
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Response from Kelly K | Reviewed this property |
There is no parking fee for Empire Mine State Park, only an entry fee to see the museum and grounds. According to the documents on the California Parks website, the pass does not apply to entry fees. But, I would call... More
Judith D
26 July 2016|
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Response from This M | Reviewed this property |
There is a tour that will take you around through the buildings, and down 30 ft into a mine. Buy your tickets once inside, it's about $7 per ticket. There is a lot of room for many people on the tour. If you don't do the... More