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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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Gold Mine Tour

There is great history here, but I don't think small children would be enthralled, but wouldn't be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bremerton, Washington
I love the beauty of this park and the history

I always bring visitors to Grass Valley to Empire Mine. The Park is full of history and beauty... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan S
Grass 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.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
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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

There is great history here, but I don't think small children would be enthralled, but wouldn't be bummed either. Check for tour times and try to avoid the weekends.

Thank staceyka2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always bring visitors to Grass Valley to Empire Mine. The Park is full of history and beauty. This was a working gold mine, I believe the longest running gold mine in the US - 106 year if memory serves. So from visiting the original...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our trip to the mine great, we didn't know what to expect, but we paid for the tour of the cottage, the docents were extremely knowledgeable. Always nice to get the background of places to visit, of course, you can explore the grounds on your...More

Thank Mamabirdie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a walk around this gem of a museum in Grass Valley. There is plenty to do here. You can walk round the museum, walk round the old buildings such as the mine shaft viewing area, the blacksmiths workshop, refinery room, and many more. All...More

Thank Matt K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited this park twice-once 30 years ago and again last week, and it is a magical place! Beautiful setting, and a great place to learn about mining and the mine owners and workers. Our tour guide was excellent, well informed and entertaining. She...More

Thank lubbock09
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit for anyone at any age, and a well run State Park. There are lots of interesting mining displays, machinery and a few interactive/instructional venues. You can take a self-guided tour of the mine operation and equipment (ore cars,...More

Thank Kate B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in Grass Valley, and frequently take visiting friends and family members to the Empire Mine State Park. It's probably the most interesting attraction in our area. Parking is free. Admission to the mineyard area and gardens is $7 per adult. That includes the...More

1  Thank RJ748
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ask when Steve S. Will be giving tours if you want an upbeat, energetic, informative, and entertaining guide. 0n his tour of the mine, he ran the fun simulation, But the other, older gentleman guide did not give us that option. Both guides were quite...More

Thank Sylvia232323
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was a hot day, but this is a must see in Grass Valley. A small entrance fee, to help keep the park maintained. Beautiful and a walk through history.

Thank Joy L
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

It is historical to see how gold was mined and all the old equipment that is part of this park. It is amazing to see actually how the good miners went deep into earth and how dangerous it was. All this is set in beautiful...More

Thank KomillaS
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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