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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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Important History

Who knew this was the #1 producing gold mine in the U.S. for many years.....with each new advance... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
Interesting tour!

We took the $7 tour and found it really interesting. The docent told us about the history of the... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2016
Cheryl W
Amboy, Washington
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The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
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“gold mining” (29 reviews)
“mine shaft” (33 reviews)
“living history” (20 reviews)
10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Who knew this was the #1 producing gold mine in the U.S. for many years.....with each new advance in technology, the mine just kept producing. Very educational whether self-guided or with a docent led tour. House tour is not a big deal so I wouldn't...More

Thank pcyork
Reviewed 5 November 2016

We took the $7 tour and found it really interesting. The docent told us about the history of the gold mine, we walked down a little ways into a mine shaft, saw a blacksmith demo, went through the museum which included a cool representation of...More

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Three enjoyable aspects to this state park. First, an opportunity to understand the operation of an underground gold mine. Second, a look inside a historic home. Finally, some great hiking trails.

Thank 361dennis
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We love the Empire Mine, both for the Gold Rush historyt and for the beautiful grounds. We always take out of town guests here and all have enjoyed the tour. Do try to have enough time for a docent lead tour so that you can...More

Thank ohminer
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We try and attend the Miner's Picnic each year. It seems to get better and better each year. Bring a picnic or buy something to eat there from cart vendors. The preservation of the grounds is remarkable. Docents dress in period costumes and are a...More

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Fun and educational visit to the Gold Country. Learn how gold was mined from the 1800s to 1956. There is the Bourne Mansion where the original owner lived. The grounds are very well kept. A popular place for weddings.

Thank dillism
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Informative and interesting. Sorry we didn't take an organised tour. Even the teens were interested!

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was stunned at the preservation of the mining grounds. I thorooughly enjoyed the self guided tour among the buildings, and left in awe of what took place during the mining days of Empire State Mind. The grounds are like Paradise with the Mansion.

Thank Patrick B
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Interesting experience, worth the time and effort. Good for grandkids 6 - 13. This is CA. history and past. Well presented.

Thank 75larry2016
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We visited the Empire Mine State Historic Park in mid October. We arrived shortly after opening time at 10 am, only to discover that docent-led tours start at 1pm. We opted for a self guided tour. Don't miss the mine model in the visitor's center/museum....More

Thank Cali-Beach-Lover
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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