Mariposa County Museum & History Center
Located at 12th & Jessie, in downtown Mariposa.
The Mariposa County History Center offers an excellent museum for
visitors interested in learning more about the early history of Mariposa
County; its native Americans, the Spanish and Mexican explorers, and of
course, the Gold Rush pioneers. Located in the restored home of County
Treasurer George Counts, the first room of the museum presents the
interior of the old (1854-1958) Gagliardo Store which was transplanted
in its entirety from Hornitos. Other displays include mock ups of
typical mining day establishments complete with the items used in those
businesses. Outside are located a stamp mill, mule-powered arrastra,
early-day log wagons and other interesting exhibits. The original
Mariposa Gazette newspaper building is also located on the museum
grounds and is being restored.
California State Mining & Mineral Museum
Located on the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, on Hwy 49 just south of
Exhibits include the fabulous collection of gems, minerals and rocks
assembled by the California State
Department of Conservation, an authentic replica of a gold mining
tunnel, a reproduction of a mining assay
office and a working model of a stamp mill.