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Empire Mine State Historic Park

10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Great photo opportunities in the garden area. Visit the blacksmith's, they are a fun and rare... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AprilC73
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Bakersfield, California
Gorgeous any time of year!

Absolutly tells the story of our small town and how it was way back when! My Grandparents and my... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Y8890GArobertab
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Penn Valley, California
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The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good28%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“gold mining” (29 reviews)
“mine shaft” (34 reviews)
“living history” (20 reviews)
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10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great photo opportunities in the garden area. Visit the blacksmith's, they are a fun and rare treat.

Thank AprilC73
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Absolutly tells the story of our small town and how it was way back when! My Grandparents and my father were all jewelers in the area. They had jewelry stores in Grass Valley & Nevada City. They would buy the gold from miners and gold...More

Thank Y8890GArobertab
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Take your pick: old mining equipment and mining tunnels, hiking trails, picnic areas, plus a mansion (called a cottage) with a formal garden. Nearly everyone in your party should be able to find something that appeals to them here. While part of our party went...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Lovely property at the Empire Mine. The Bourn charming cottage and gardens ( which could be better maintained) are interesting to visit and view. Designed by famed SF architect Willis Polk, it replicates a cottage in Cornwall. The gardens were once impressive I am sure...More

Thank RoundtheWorldTravelr
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

This historic mine and surrounding state park have been well-preserved and the mineyard is well worth walking through, touring the restored mine office, part of the shaft, and many of the outbuildings. Inside is a small, well-arranged museum including a scale model of the hundreds...More

Thank NevadaHighdesert
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

The grounds are beautiful. I have been there for tours and a wedding. The story around the mine and the wealth of the people who owned it is amazing.. They owned Fioli Gardens in San Francisco and the current CIA facility in St Helena. The...More

Thank Martha-two
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We visited on the spur of the moment and luckily managed to tag onto a guided tour that had just started. The guide was knowledgeable and kept us entertained and interested as well as answering our questions. After the tour we walked through some of...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Such a great place to visit so much history! The mansion tour was very informative and interesting. I would recommend for all ages.

Thank Melony N
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Empire mines is such an essential part of the Nevada County essence. The whole gold rush era is experienced in All the interesting gold mining equipment.I love the house I loved hearing the history and sharing it with my friends from out of town. A...More

Thank noworvnever
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

The site of an old gold mine with many exhibits, this also is well situated in the midst of several trails walkable in half an hour or more. The grounds of the mine includes the house of a former manager and the gardens provide a...More

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1meejet
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.
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1meejet
11 August 2016|
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Response from KellyJo49 | 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
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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
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