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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 great historic tourist experience

Coming from a Cornish mining village my visit to the Empire mine was very familiar. The 3D map of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kit T
Excellent afternoon!

What a wonderful place to get a feel of what it was like in the Gold Rush days! We arrived just in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LPMaineVa
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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)
LOCATION
10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
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+1 530-273-8522
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"gold mining"
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"mine shaft"
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"living history"
in 21 reviews
"blacksmith shop"
in 17 reviews
"gold rush"
in 20 reviews
"mining operation"
in 7 reviews
"scale model"
in 5 reviews
"mining buildings"
in 6 reviews
"california history"
in 15 reviews
"house tour"
in 7 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 15 reviews
"great place to learn"
in 5 reviews
"rose garden"
in 12 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 13 reviews
"entry fee"
in 7 reviews
"lots of history"
in 8 reviews
"nevada county"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Coming from a Cornish mining village my visit to the Empire mine was very familiar. The 3D map of the tunnels under the town of Grass Valley was very impressive, the grounds were stunning and the more interactive aspects of the visit (the talks, forge,...More

Thank Kit T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to get a feel of what it was like in the Gold Rush days! We arrived just in time for the 1:00 tour of the Cottage & garden which was Very good. Then we did the 2:00 tour of the gold...More

Thank LPMaineVa
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is a wonderful place to visit to get idea of what it was like during and after the gold rush in California. Several times a year they have a living history day, but even if you just go on your own it is a...More

Thank Kathy P
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

For $7, you can visit the gold mine museum, partially-restored areas of mining operation, and the Empire Cottage and gardens. There are also some walking trails (free) outside the walls of the museum. The museum itself, does a very good job of explaining both the...More

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

I'm writing a review about this place because I was so pleasantly surprised. It was Great! Between us; the Boyfriend really wanted to go here and I believe in compromise...but in my heart I figured I'd be somewhat bored. I'm not necessarily a history buff,...More

Thank JaySeaKay
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

Great photo opportunities in the garden area. Visit the blacksmith's, they are a fun and rare treat.

Thank AprilC73
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Absolutly tells the story of our small town and how it was way back when! My Grandparents and my father were all jewelers in the area. They had jewelry stores in Grass Valley & Nevada City. They would buy the gold from miners and gold...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Take your pick: old mining equipment and mining tunnels, hiking trails, picnic areas, plus a mansion (called a cottage) with a formal garden. Nearly everyone in your party should be able to find something that appeals to them here. While part of our party went...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Lovely property at the Empire Mine. The Bourn charming cottage and gardens ( which could be better maintained) are interesting to visit and view. Designed by famed SF architect Willis Polk, it replicates a cottage in Cornwall. The gardens were once impressive I am sure...More

Thank RoundtheWorldTravelr
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Reviewed 25 December 2017

This historic mine and surrounding state park have been well-preserved and the mineyard is well worth walking through, touring the restored mine office, part of the shaft, and many of the outbuildings. Inside is a small, well-arranged museum including a scale model of the hundreds...More

1  Thank NevadaHighdesert
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1meejet
12 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.
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1meejet
12 August 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
27 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
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