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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 historical site with nice garden and free tours

It’s a great place to learn about the gold mining history of California. Make sure you join the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rebecca T
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I learned a lot about what makes California famous

I learned a lot about California that I did not know. I learned a lot about California and why gold... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2018
George G
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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” (32 reviews)
“mine shaft” (36 reviews)
“living history” (21 reviews)
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10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
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+1 530-273-8522
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"mine shaft"
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"living history"
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"blacksmith shop"
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"gold rush"
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"mining operation"
in 7 reviews
"scale model"
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"mining buildings"
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"house tour"
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"hiking trails"
in 15 reviews
"great place to learn"
in 5 reviews
"rose garden"
in 12 reviews
"local history"
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"entry fee"
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"guided tour"
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"nevada county"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a great place to learn about the gold mining history of California. Make sure you join the free guided tours. We joined both the cottage and mine tours which we learned a lot of history of this place. The gardens are well maintained and...More

Thank Rebecca T
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

I learned a lot about California that I did not know. I learned a lot about California and why gold was so significant to the development of the state. I visited with friends who helped me move to northern California, I'm very glad we stopped...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Learn why Grass Valley is even here! Gold is the answer. Learn all about the gold process at this gold mine.

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The Empire Mine was the largest underground gold mine in California. It is now a state park, and a really great place to visit. The site covers both the mine itself and the house and gardens of the owning family, We only had a couple...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful grounds, interesting museum, one of a kind wife frame model of the underground mines, and a underground tour. Great for families. Good picnic spot. Plenty of walking opportunity’s.

Thank mes227
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Took our daughter and granddaughter -- granddaughter was interested in the gold mine, and daughter loved the gardens. The old roses (most planted a hundred years ago) were in full bloom and their fragrant smell filled the air. Some of the irises were still blooming....More

1  Thank connie h
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

Two tour guides took us around the property and explained the process by which the gold was extracted. Amazing and scary process - surprised more people weren't killed in the mine. Fun simulated ride down the tunnel into the mine. Fun to see the blacksmiths...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

This was an incredible operation. Samples of the mines offerings can be found in the Smithsonian in D.C. if you’re interested in gold rush history the Empire Mine is a must. You can see the owners home and get a real sense of the day...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

We learned so much in one visit! Walkable, beautiful trees and flowers, nice little shop...I am from out of state and would definitely return for another visit with my friends from the area. Absolutely worth a morning or afternoon trip

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

We have driven by this place several times. Our daughter suggested we take a walk there this afternoon. It is a lovely trail with big trees and blue sky. It was not crowded but there were a number of others enjoying the beautiful day, many...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 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
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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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