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Address: 10791 E Empire St, Nevada City, CA 95945-7432
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One of the attractions at Empire Mine State Historic Park.

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Bourn House inside Empire Mine Museum

Empire Mine is a wonderful museum where you can stroll and imagine life in the mining community. Bourn House is the residence of the owners of the mine. It sits on sprawling... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
95dianag
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Nevada City, California
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Nevada City, California
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Empire Mine is a wonderful museum where you can stroll and imagine life in the mining community. Bourn House is the residence of the owners of the mine. It sits on sprawling lawn and flowers. The buildings were preserved so visitors get a feel what it was like to working here. It is like a little city.

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Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour of the Empire mine, and of the home of the Bourne Family is led by an excellent team of docents and provides an eye into the hard work of miners and the elegance of the privileged mine owner! This is the same family, whose elegant home of Filoli provided the backdrop for Dynasty, spent time in this cottage... More 

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Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is actually the Empire Mine State Park located in Grass Valley Calif. not Nevada City, the distance between the two cities is approx 4.5 miles. It's a beautiful park with flowering grounds, walking paths and horse riding trails. It has a great mining exhibit and a short ride in an ore car into the mine. The Bourn home is... More 

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Santa Rosa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were part of a large group that had made advance appointment to visit the Empire Mine State Historic Park and the Bourn House. We had arranged for a special docent tour of the mine and the house, and both docents provided excellent informative tours of both the mine and the Bourn house. We especially enjoyed hearing about the history... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

You visit the Bourn House when you visit the historic Empire Mine. If you are one of the days that the docents are portraying the Bournes or other individuals from that era you are in for a treat.

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Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The Bourn Mansion has been the setting for numerous weddings and parties--plus a few movie shoots. Access inside may be limited, but the incredible beautiful grounds are definitely worth the trip. The Bourn Mansion is part of the Empire Mine State Park, so there's much more to see when you visit besides the mansion. Of particular interest to me is... More 

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Thank steve W
Orange County, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

The tour of the mining operations was very informative and we enjoyed the blacksmith demonstration. The exhibits in the visitor center, including the model of the mine and gem displays, were also very worthwhile. The only reason to knock it down to 4 stars was because the employees in the visitor center seemed mostly interested in closing up and getting... More 

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Ben Lomond, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

This was the first visit my fiancé took my son & I on to show his love of this area. This tour and grounds are amazing. We can't say enough good things about it. Gorgeous and amazing stories of its heyday.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Great historical find. The Bourne Mansion is actually part of Empire State Park in Grass Valley. Yours are given with reservations. Like walking back in time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

I loved the tour of the Bourn "Cottage." Beautiful grounds, very nice staff, and the tour of the cottage is not to be missed. Docents are in period costumes and are very natural and friendly. Little ones usually get a cookie when they visit the kitchen.

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