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Considering its location and size, and very nice museum and bargain.

Our local friends took us here during our visit to Big Bear. Tells the history of the area, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ray S
Brea, California
Makes you feel like your really living it!

I was not expecting such an incredible experience! It was only $5 and well worth it! I’m 30 years... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nikki F
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630 Bartlett Road, 630 Bartlett rd is the visitors Center where you can get maps, CA 92315
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our local friends took us here during our visit to Big Bear. Tells the history of the area, the history of the old and the present dam, mining equipment, logging equipment, relocated local structures (cabins, schools, etc.) Let the kids do some panning. They will...More

Thank Ray S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was not expecting such an incredible experience! It was only $5 and well worth it! I’m 30 years old but really really enjoyed the walk through of the cabins! There was many things that reminded me of growing up in upstate ny that my...More

Thank Nikki F
Reviewed 14 June 2018

I learned a lot about the early days of Big Bear and what sustained the area for years. There were items from the mining days and fur trapping days that I had no idea about.

Thank ebtide73
Reviewed 19 April 2018

I was actually surprised to learn a lot about Big Bear that I did not know, although I have been going there every year for the past 40 years! A great place to visit, and a Great Place for kids to learn.

Thank Timothy P
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This was my 3rd trip up the mountain, and never knew about this place! So glad I looked up points of interest in my GPS. Very interesting historical buildings, tools, clothing, and stories. Stopping by the blacksmiths are a definite must do. The absolute highlight...More

2  Thank FatallyLost
Reviewed 24 August 2017

This is one of the better historical museums I have visited, staffed with docents who are genuienly interested in their community and its history. Lots to see, lots to learn, lots of surprises.

Thank John E
Reviewed 26 June 2017

We spent a couple hours at the museum on a Saturday afternoon. My son initially complained about seeing a museum before we got there, but when we left, he said, "OK, mom, that was actually pretty cool." So it is kid-approved. We enjoyed touring the...More

Thank orchid_blossom
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Went on a weekend. Enjoyed looking at all the historical artifacts and learning a little about the history of Big Bear. They had a blacksmith shop and place to pan for gold. Also had old cabins with relics in them to give an idea of...More

1  Thank blueeyedgirl2
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Learn about the history of Big Bear while viewing artifacts from a by-gone era. Lot's to see here, old buildings, antiques, gold mining equipment, blacksmith. Volunteers are friendly and very informative. The kids will have a blast! Please donate what you can to help them...More

Thank SouthernCalMan
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Love this place... They have a gold mining experience for you to enjoy, you get to watch horseshoes being shaped and are given one, learn much about the history of Big Bear, which is fascinating. Many little houses that existed way back when with docents...More

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