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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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Good history, nice easy 'hikes'

Low key and accessible. We had a nice walk in the woods and learned a bit about mining. We opted... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michelle M
New York
via mobile
Disappoint ed

Went here when they opened at 10am. No tours until 1pm. CALL FIRST. We really wanted to do this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barbara B
Apple Valley, 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%
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10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Low key and accessible. We had a nice walk in the woods and learned a bit about mining. We opted not to do the guided tour as our teens were not into a house tour. It was a nice hour or two.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here when they opened at 10am. No tours until 1pm. CALL FIRST. We really wanted to do this tour.

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although I didnt get to hike, bike, etc., the venue is fantastic for an outdoor wedding. From the historic buildings set amongst the trees and the gorgeous views from the garden, I was thoroughly impressed. A fall wedding starting in the early evening it got...More

1  Thank Mike B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Empire Mine State Park is a well maintained museum. Your walking tour takes you back in time to the mining years of this area. Historic buildings give you a sense of how miners lived and worked.

Thank 95dianag
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Empire Mine State Historic Park is filled with mining history, artifacts, mineral exhibit, plus beautiful English-style cottage & gardens. The staff and docents are friendly and full of knowledge. After taking a self-guided tour through the lovely English-style garden/grounds, we toured the cottage. Our docent...More

Thank Annette K
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

First time visitor to Empire Mine. It was delightful and educational. Our children and grandchildren enjoyed the tour which included many historical facts. We loved the grounds and the docents

Thank pb1610
Reviewed 7 September 2017

My family and I went to see the mines last week, Sept 4th. The weather was hot, but the heavily wooded grounds kept it nice and comfortable. We took a volunteer guided tour. This was very well presented, thorough and enjoyable. I recommended anyone who...More

Thank jackie o
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This state Park is a bit off the beaten path...and we're so glad! Absolutely beautiful grounds, lots of interesting history, very friendly staff and docents...and not a lot of crowds! We were enchanted! What a great place to capture perfect photos and the drive was...More

Thank Corin A
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Great place to bring the family for some history or a hike! Excellent trails that are mostly in the shade for those hot Summer days

Thank sherdiz
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The entrance has a great model of the mine tunnels and shafts Make sure and listen to the audio. The grounds are nice and green in the summer. We got to see the clubhouse and there was a knowledgeable docent to answer questions. There are...More

Thank robertinSJ
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Questions & Answers
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.
12 August 2016|
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Response from KellyJo49 | 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
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