Borax Museum

Borax Museum, Death Valley National Park: Address, Phone Number, Borax Museum Reviews: 4/5

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This museum does not just tell the story of borax in the region but the history of Death Valley.
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Jenn Nolen
Saint Louis, MO238 contributions
Still Good for a Quick Stop!
May 2021
The building is closed, but there's a good half-hour's worth to see outdoors. It's free and right off the main road. Printouts explaining what each item is and how it was used can be found by the front door. If you like history are driving by anyway, it's worth stopping by.
Written 27 May 2021
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VillagerRick
The Villages, FL723 contributions
Better With A Brochure
Apr 2021 • Couples
We were there mid April - the museum was closed (and has been for some time). We were able to walk the grounds behind the museum, and it is a fairly large area with many artifacts that are numbered. Unfortunately we were not able to have access to a brochure that would have given us the information on what the numbers represented. It could have been a better experience with that information.
Written 7 May 2021
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devnprt1
Las Vegas, NV473 contributions
Outdoor collection of old Borax equipment and transportation
Mar 2021
Due to Covid, the indoor museum is closed so you get a paper list by the numbers of the outdoor collection of old things related to the Borax era.
Written 17 April 2021
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GiseppeGord
Surprise, AZ654 contributions
Not Open
Mar 2020
Not certain why the museum was not open on a week day. However, we were not disappointed as there is a large area at the rear of the museum with equipment from the period when Borax was being mined in the area. Fascinating and well worth the visit.
Written 7 March 2020
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Clark G
Clarksville, AR377 contributions
Great stop here
Feb 2020
They have many exhibits here when getting borax from the valley was a big thing, you will miss it if you are not careful, out behind they have a lot of the old equipment that was used back in the mining days, we did not stay here but looks like they have cabins you can rent also
Written 18 February 2020
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jimr20162016
Hackettstown, NJ420 contributions
Time better spent elsewhere
Jan 2020
I would not go out of my way to see this small graveyard of wagons and mining equipment. Without someone explaining the equipment or the history, you walk into the yard and spend about5 minutes looking around before you leave, inside isn’t much more than a gift shop.
Written 12 January 2020
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Mike
Newport Beach, CA1 028 contributions
Worth a visit
Jan 2020
Located in the oldest building in DV, moved from 20 Mule Team Canyon, this museum has a lot to offer. I learned that the 20 Mule Teams were actually 18 mules and 2 horses.
Written 10 January 2020
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Maura K
Hyde Park, NY121 contributions
Old equipment on display
Apr 2019 • Couples
Outdoor museum of old equipment used in borax mining, including some huge locomotives and steam engines. Old horse-drawn carriages that conveyed travelers back then (or what's left of the carriages) are also on display.
Written 2 May 2019
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Jackson I
Washington DC, DC655 contributions
The Scale of Things
Apr 2019 • Friends
It is impossible to stop in Death Valley without hearing about its connection to Borax mining. This outdoor museum gives an appreciation for the size and scale of the equipment needed for this type of mining in the 19th and 20th centuries and adds another layer to the appreciation what those who tried to eek out a living in this harsh and barren environment went through on a daily basis.
Written 26 April 2019
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NVtoSF
Reno, NV115 contributions
Quick stroll
Mar 2019 • Family
This museum was worth a quick stroll through. All the equipment was interesting to see. This was a good stop after seeing the processing site near by. The museum is outside and free to walk around. There are guide papers you can use that explain the equipment but we just walked around without it.
Written 30 March 2019
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