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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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Empire Mine State Park strikes it rich!

This state Park is a bit off the beaten path...and we're so glad! Absolutely beautiful grounds... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Corin A
Placerville, California
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Wonderful historic site

Great place to bring the family for some history or a hike! Excellent trails that are mostly in the... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Martinez, 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%
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“gold mining” (29 reviews)
“mine shaft” (33 reviews)
“living history” (20 reviews)
10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This state Park is a bit off the beaten path...and we're so glad! Absolutely beautiful grounds, lots of interesting history, very friendly staff and docents...and not a lot of crowds! We were enchanted! What a great place to capture perfect photos and the drive was...More

Thank Corin A
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Great place to bring the family for some history or a hike! Excellent trails that are mostly in the shade for those hot Summer days

Thank sherdiz
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

The entrance has a great model of the mine tunnels and shafts Make sure and listen to the audio. The grounds are nice and green in the summer. We got to see the clubhouse and there was a knowledgeable docent to answer questions. There are...More

Thank robertinSJ
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We arrived at the park interested to learn about California's gold mining past, and we were not disappointed. Extensive well kept grounds and buildings make this a well worth stop. Great displays in the museum provide a good history of the mine and the people...More

Thank Rich C
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Great value for the admission price! Informative and interesting exhibits in the small museum. The extra small price for the tour of the cottage is so worth it. The volunteers who do it do a fabulous job. Try to go around the mine works yard...More

Thank ER2013family
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

This place has such beautifully kept grounds. While we were visiting the roses were still in full bloom and could be smelt for hundreds of feet away. Absolutely breathtaking!

Thank Brandon0983
Reviewed 20 August 2017

This combined science, history, old homes and gardens all at once. Take the tour of the home and grounds, followed by the tour of the mine facilities- both were excellent. We enjoyed wandering the grounds and identifying the many exotic trees from around the world...More

1  Thank Proclaimer1
Reviewed 10 August 2017

There is great history here, but I don't think small children would be enthralled, but wouldn't be bummed either. Check for tour times and try to avoid the weekends.

Thank staceyka2016
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I always bring visitors to Grass Valley to Empire Mine. The Park is full of history and beauty. This was a working gold mine, I believe the longest running gold mine in the US - 106 year if memory serves. So from visiting the original...More

1  Thank Susan S
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Our trip to the mine great, we didn't know what to expect, but we paid for the tour of the cottage, the docents were extremely knowledgeable. Always nice to get the background of places to visit, of course, you can explore the grounds on your...More

1  Thank Mamabirdie
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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.
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
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