2012-11-08 / Front Page

Mining Museum reopens following robbery

The California State Mining and Mineral Museum at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds reopened on Friday after being closed since a brazen robbery took much of the museum's gold collection on Sept. 28.

According to a release by the California State Parks office, that agency was tasked to make repairs to the museum gallery and structure in order to reopen the doors to the public as soon as possible.

The public will be able to view most of the museum collection; however some pieces of the collection will not be on display pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation. 

The museum's vault, which contains the reknowned Fricot gold nugget, is part of the closed area.

"Until we've made the necessary repairs, and until the conclusion of the investigation" the vault will remain locked, State Parks Ranger Dan Youngren said on Friday.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

 

Rangers Dan Youngren and Darci Moore welcomed visitors to the California State Mining and Mineral Museum on Friday. 

Erik Skindrud / The GAZETTE Rangers Dan Youngren and Darci Moore welcomed visitors to the California State Mining and Mineral Museum on Friday. Erik Skindrud / The GAZETTE

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