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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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A must to see....

A beautiful place to visit. It tells you all about how gold was found below ground. VERY... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2017
awin2016
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Grass Valley, California
Glad we went.

An unexpected piece of history. If it were warmer out, we would have spent much more time here... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
LeeAnn P
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Pleasanton, 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%
  • Terrible0%
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“gold mining” (31 reviews)
“mine shaft” (35 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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"blacksmith shop"
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"gold rush"
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"mining operation"
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"scale model"
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"mining buildings"
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"california history"
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"house tour"
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"hiking trails"
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"great place to learn"
in 5 reviews
"rose garden"
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"self guided tour"
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"entry fee"
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Reviewed January 26, 2017

A beautiful place to visit. It tells you all about how gold was found below ground. VERY interesting part of history. If you have children, tihis is the place to take them. They also have beautiful weddings outdoors.

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Reviewed January 16, 2017

An unexpected piece of history. If it were warmer out, we would have spent much more time here. Next time we will.

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Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

The grounds here are beautiful, yet juxtaposed by the work yard and mine shafts that share the plot. What a terrifying job this must have been. It's fascinating getting a glimpse into the past and viewing mined gems & minerals. There was a sign that...More

Thank Jen A
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Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

We were here 7 years ago, we did not join the tour and did not get to see the inside of the mansion. This time we did, and we were delighted that we did it, as we learned a lot of historical rod bits. Although...More

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Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

This is a fun place. Several great paths/trails for easy hikes. The museum had great mine maps and displays. Overall a beautiful historic outing.

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Reviewed December 20, 2016

We were looking at horse property near Grass Valley and our realtor took us to the Empire Mine park to see the staging area where horse people park their trailers, saddle up, and embark on riding adventures. Looked great! Several trailers were parked, their owners...More

Thank Sandy N
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Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

I love going here! I bring my family and friends here when they come to visit. I've been here dozens of times and still haven't seen everything. The museum is pretty cool , even cooler since it's free. There's an area that you can pay...More

Thank Jonathan D
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Reviewed November 29, 2016

The museum is just the right size with interesting artifacts and photos from mining days. Spectacular display of minerals and ores from all around the world. Liked going down the shaft and looking into the old mine. Enjoyed the gardens

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Reviewed November 18, 2016

Loved seeing the model of the supporting structures for the mines. The narrative is very informative. I had not been aware of the strong Scottish heritage of the minors. The way they traveled to the depths of the mine will give you goosebumps.

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Reviewed November 16, 2016

Recently a month ago I was visiting with my brother who lives a few miles from this site. In the middle of no where is this amazing well kept group of structures and old buildings and manicured lawns. We went on the official tour through...More

Thank Carol Y
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1meejet
August 11, 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
August 11, 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
July 26, 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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