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California State Mining and Mineral Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We were surprised at how well organized and displayed the exhibits were in this state museum. It... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great place

Not a large museum, but lots of displays and information on stones and minerals, mining displays... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2018
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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The California State Mining & Mineral Museum is a specialty museum that contains fantastic crystals, gold, gemstones and mineral specimens from California and around the world. The museum houses the state’s official mineral collection and includes...more
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5005 Fairgrounds Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338-9435
+1 209-742-7625
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All reviews gold nugget on display fair grounds nice little gift shop on duty lots of fun gold rush minerals tunnel gems rocks ranger california information equipment
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were surprised at how well organized and displayed the exhibits were in this state museum. It is located (but hard to find) on the County Fair Grounds in Mariposa. There was one state park ranger on duty who was both welcoming and informative about...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Not a large museum, but lots of displays and information on stones and minerals, mining displays, nice little gift shop, and a welcoming knowledgeable staff.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank kmc11_11
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Had to alter our plans due to the intense rain and flooding so we decided on the mining and mineral museum. We’re presently surprised to also find a gem and rock show, where we treated the kids to geodes sawed up to see what surprise...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank PhiladelphiaPhillip
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Not the world's largest museum, but very interesting, if only to see what the Gold Rush was all about. Drop in state funding is having an impact, but please support. Good value for the $4 entry to while away an hour

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank 14pms02
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Interesting collection of rocks but does not allow pictures. Loved to see the different colors and textures of granite and other less known rocks. Museum Needs some update in the data posted and maintenance. I expected the tunnel to include some mining demonstration or equipment...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Fun little stop to see some beautiful rocks from around the world. Great variety and set up. Friendly ranger staff gave us all the info we could ask for.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank itsallmine
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This a fun place to visit and a great value too. The reproduction of an old mine is fun to wander through. The collection of rocks and minerals is excellent.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

If you are in the area and have any interest in minerals or want to walk through a short mine tunnel, stop by this museum. It’s fairly small but there are a lot of mineral samples.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Diane W
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Only like 3 bucks to go in. Located at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, and you can also camp there for only 20 bucks a night with hot showers if cant get into Yosemite with your camper.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank bookouts
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I liked this museum, but i am a rock nerd. The rest of my family was bored. Lots of cool rocks, gems ,and a huge gold nugget. I took about an hour to see and read everything. Most people will be much less.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank wingnut457
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