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North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum

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Address: 933 Allison Ranch Rd., Off McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A pleasant touch of the past.

Our guide did an outstanding job of explaining and demonstrating how each of the machines were used during the gold mining era. He advised that his great grandfather and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2016
tennispete72
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Penn Valley, California
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Penn Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

Our guide did an outstanding job of explaining and demonstrating how each of the machines were used during the gold mining era. He advised that his great grandfather and grandfather worked in the mines The Pelton wheel was fascinating. Learning about the history of the area and how the miners worked and lived in the nearby towns of Grass Valley... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

Have many fond memories taking my kids here over the year. Even though it is much smaller than the Empire Mine in GV it has some working stamp mills! Lots of hands on things for the kiddos make it an educational treasure!

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1 Thank WeRTravelbugs
Gilford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

A 30 foot Pellton Wheel is located here . What is outstanding about this museum is that all the machines work here granted not at full speed or in complete working order. But it is well worth the visit because you get a better idea of the life and times of a miner in a gold mine. Our guide was... More 

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2 Thank Howard E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

This is a small museum with a huge wealth of mining artifacts. But the best part was the tour by the head curator, a fascinating retired physicist who answered my questions for about an hour until it was time to close. I went there to photograph the mining equipment and ended up learning a ton.

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Thank FlaviaFlav
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

I made the mistake of touring the Empire Mine before visiting the Pelton Wheel Museum. Don't get me wrong, the Empire Mine was impressive, but if you want to really understand what you are looking at, a trip to the Pelton Wheel is a must. While the Empire Mine has displays of the equipment that was used in mining, the... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

If you're visiting Gold Country, you need to stop by this small museum. I live in Grass Valley, but often take out-of-town guests there. The only drawback is that the museum building isn't reliably open. Still lots of impressive mining equipment to see (for free).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

Make this your FIRST stop in Grass Valley so you can appreciate the Empire Mine State Park. The exhibits actually work and are demonstrated by knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. Thank you, Rudy, Rolf and Debby for your patience. We learned so much from all of you! Amazing displays and photos. Don't miss this one!

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Biddulph, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

After your visit to Empire this must be your next visit. All you need to know in how they got the shinny stuff out of the ground. Ideal for all the family.

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Susanville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

This is an excellent museum to take the kids to. Very informed guides, lots to see. Small enough to keep the kids' attention. Highly recommend

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Windsor, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

If you're interested in the history of gold mining in California, this is a place for you to visit. My cousin brought us there, he had never visited this very interesting museum either, and was shocked to see what a great bunch of exhibits this place has. Mostly I was surprised at how many of the old pieces of equipment... More 

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