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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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Well worth the drive

A great historic site that's interesting for adults and kids. Be sure to find the mine entrance and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
San Diego, California
Living History

Empire Mine is breathtakingly beautiful this time of year. The garden tour led by one of the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Starr Lynn P
Grass Valley
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“mine shaft” (30 reviews)
10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A great historic site that's interesting for adults and kids. Be sure to find the mine entrance and go underground. The metalsmith shop is really interesting too.

Thank J H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Empire Mine is breathtakingly beautiful this time of year. The garden tour led by one of the docents is worth taking for sure. This park is a wonderful example of the Gold Rush Era.

Thank Starr Lynn P
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was an extremely hot sunny day when we visited so it was almost a relief when we went "underground" on our guided tour. Our guide was brilliant and conveyed just what it was like to mine for gold. The mine owners house and gardens...More

Thank graemelacey
Reviewed 5 days ago

very interesting lots of history about gold mining and the people that did it and how they lived and worked !

Thank 718stanleyl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great and fascinating part of History for the gold rush right here in our backyard. The gardens are beautiful the buildings are breathtaking. A great place to have a nice picnic and check out the local history.

Thank rayjen3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to take out of town visitors. Amazing history, so much to learn and beautiful grounds to walk around. Make sure you take the time to see the tour of the cottage.

Thank Siebels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Surrounded by huge pine trees, this beautiful park is full of history and romantic glimpses of Victorian life in the Gold Country. There are beautiful resort grounds, replete with a humongous water fountain. So beautiful that it is a favorite local spot for weddings. The...More

Thank Patti F
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Outstanding history of the Gold Rush. Wonderful grounds and beautiful buildings. Owned by the Bourne family who also owned Filoli in Woodside.

Thank Brenton h
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

If you are ever around Nevada City take a couple hours and visit the Empire Mine State Park, it is a stepping back in history. There is a model of all the mine shafts in one room that is amazing,the grounds and historical buildings both...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 17 April 2017

The mining museum and exhibits are interesting, the grounds are quite nice, and the trails are good for walking and mountain bike riding.

Thank Mary T
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What is the cost , and is my lifetime park pass for disabled cover it
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.
Cost and does my lifetime disability pass accepted
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
Judith D
What days are the mines open for tours? How many people are allowed on a tour? How much are the tickets? Do you have to buy tickets in advance?
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