Getting to the Museum
The Mariposa Museum and History Center is located in the historical town of Mariposa California. Mariposa has the unique distinction of being a authentic gold rush era community located near the southern end of the Mother Load country of the 1849 gold rush. Mariposa is located on Highway 49 which spans most of the historic mother load country of California. We are also located on the “all weather” highway (Highway 140) that accesses Yosemite National Park . The museum and history center is located one block off the main street just north of Mariposa’s historic (1850′s era) downtown.
We are located at the corner of Jessie Street and Coakley Circle in Mariposa, just off of U.S. Highway 140, Our parking lot is adjacent to a rest stop for those passing through on their way to and from Yosemite National Park, which is located approximately 45 miles northeast of downtown Mariposa. The towns of Coulterville, Bear Valley, and other destinations along U.S. Highway 49 lie to the northwest of us.
From the city of Merced, you’ll travel eastward along U.S. Highway 140 for 37 miles, passing through the towns of Planada and Catheys Valley.
From the city of Fresno, take U.S. Highway 41 northbound to the town of Oakhurst. Turn left on U.S. Highway 49N., heading northwest for 26 miles (Hwy. 49N. merges with Hwy. 140 in downtown Mariposa). Along this route, you’ll pass through the towns of Ahwahnee, Nipinnawassee, and Bootjack.
The Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YARTS) bus stops just steps from the museum entrance. We are along the route of other municipal shuttles from nearby cities and towns, and we are also a major stop-off hub for chartered tourist bus lines.
Mariposa County also has a small regional airport serving the local area so if you are a pilot “‘flying in for a weekend” to visit our museum and historic community this makes it very practical. The airport is geographically 4 miles north of the town. Click link below for airport information (rental cars are usually available).
Mariposa County Airport
A limited number of parking spots are located on Jessie Street, with many more spaces available in the rest-stop parking lot bordering two sides of the museum. There is also space for tour buses and RV’s in rest stop area. All parking is free.
The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. Large walkway/ramps provide easy access to the indoor displays, but certain outside exhibits have limited accessibility because of cobblestone ground cover, historic doorways, stairways, and elevated water troughs used for gold panning.
Our museum offers a nicely appointed, shady picnic area surrounded by historic artifacts, just off of the main entrance. We’re pleased to offer our guests a sheltered porch encompassing three sides of our building, replete with comfortable seating perfect for a leisurely respite. Many fine restaurants are within easy walking distance of the museum and furnish dine-in and take-out food, while local fast-food vendors often set up shop for the day just steps away in the rest-stop parking lot. You may also choose to take a short walk to the Pioneer Market located behind the museum and select off-the-shelf items and hot/cold deli foods to bring back to our picnic area. Either way, be assured that you’ll be well fed on your visit to Mariposa.