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“Great Local History Museum”

Mariposa Museum and History Center
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Mariposa
Certificate of Excellence
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Mariposa, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Local History Museum”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I live nearby, so when my sister visited, I took her there with a bit of trepidation. She is the high school history teacher for Talkeetna, Alaska. Of course I think our local history is fascinating, but would she share my enthusiasm? She loved it! She declared it the best local history museum she'd ever visited.

Mariposa is now a small town near Yosemite National Park. It has old west character, and good tourist shopping. Most visitors passing through probably don't realize that Mariposa has some great American stories to tell. John C. Fremont, the great west pathfinder and mapper, California governor, and our country's first Republican Party presidential candidate, founded Mariposa. Joaquin Murrietta lived nearby. Fortunes were found and lost (including Fremont's) in Mariposa. Artifacts from every story are carefully laid out with many handwritten primary accounts attached.

Mariposa county residents are passionate about their history. Many have put in countless volunteer hours to make the museum as informative and interesting as can be. It even has a working stamp mill that shows exactly how gold ore was extracted from the rock. Be sure to check it out! $4 for adults. Kids are free.

Visited June 2013
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California
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64 reviews
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“Finest little museum in the gold country”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This museum is run by volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the history of the gold country and specifically the Mariposa area. Items have been donated and displayed that represent the history of the gold mining, Native American habitants, Asian settlers, as well as the American pioneers who settled the west. Many years ago the Smithsonian Institute declared it was one of the finest museums in the country. It has a working 5 stamp gold mill on the grounds, one of the few still operating in California.

Visited May 2013
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Mariposa, Ca
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Museum in Mariposa”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

For a small town this is one of the best museum I have ever been in. A lot of history about John C Fremont. The bandits of the old times. The gold mining. Etc. I think anyone would enjoy.
The people who work in the Museum are very well inform of the history of the times. We live in Mariposa and always enjoy taking visitors here. Nice momentos you can purchase to remember your visit.

Visited August 2012
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Huntsville, Utah
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A view of the past”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Mariposa Museum and History Center is a great way to see what life was like during the gold rush days in Mariposa.

Visited June 2013
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Mariposa, California
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“locals review”
Reviewed 26 June 2013

if you have an hour to explore, this history museum is well worth the visit. The period dress of the staff and very interesting gold rush exhibits are well presented. This little town has some great history, all visually shown here. The gold ore processing machines are especially interesting. EASY parking right next to the post office and grocery store.

Visited June 2013
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