The Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park, the official gold mining interpretive center for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the only museum in Virginia solely dedicated to the history of gold and gold mining. Monroe Park is located off Route 17 in Goldvein, Virginia. Although not the site of an actual mine, nineteen mine sites existed within five miles of the park. The three museum buildings interpret structures found at a 1930's mine with exhibits, displays, and signage inside the buildings and on the grounds.
There are no entrance fees for the Gold Mining Camp Museum or Monroe Park.
The Gold Panning and Gem Mining Sluice is OPEN.
Free gold panning demonstrations will be held Wednesday through Sunday at 2 pm with an additional session at 10 am on Saturdays, weather permitting. Bags of mining rough with either gold or gems, minerals, or fossils, along with basic prospecting equipment, are available for purchase in the Mess Hall of the Gold Mining Camp Museum. If you buy a bag of mining rough here, you can use the sluice to search for your treasures! Please be aware that on many weekday mornings in the summer the panning area is reserved for our Historic Education program. At these times the panning area will be closed to the public until the group program is finished.
Gold Mining Camp Museum Awarded NEH Grant
The Gold Mining Camp Museum has been awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions to fund a conservation assessment for several pieces of mining machinery from the area. Read more about the NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions.