California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa

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  • Fantastic and very educational esp. regarding the gold rush days. We stopped here when it was 101 degrees out. I can't believe it is such as well kept secret. We were the only ones in there and the ge...  more »
  • I take my friends, family, and friends kids here all the time! Randy is the greatest! This place is so neat. They have rocks from all over the place in different stages. So informative. There's even a...  more »
  • We took a chance on this State Park over other options and were not disappointed at all. The museum is fairly small but jam packed with exhibits and information about everything mining and minerals. Minerals from all over the world as well as meteorites are housed there. The visit was enjoyed by all. We finished our visit with a picnic on the Mariposa fairgrounds.
  • Fantastic stop. Enjoy the history, see the natural cuts in the crystal, the rock that makes our nation. Drool, as I did, at the gold in many different forms. Hydraulic mining, learn about it, see the damage then go visit a location. Panning, lots of pictures and implements. Sluicing, yes that too. This is a great stop for the whole family. Find out about the impact of the discovery of gold in California. We enjoyed our visit!

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