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.
The Gold Mining Camp Museum and Gold Panning sluice are closed until further notice. Please check back here for updated information about reopening.
There are no entrance fees for the Gold Mining Camp Museum or Monroe Park.
Parks and Recreation awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant!
We are excited to announce in September 2019, The Gold Mining Camp Museum was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions in order to assess the conditions of the artifact storage areas of the department. This funding allowed the department to contract with Mr. Donald Cumberland, a museum consultant who specializes in museum collection storage and emergency operations planning with 30 years experience working for the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior, to create a Museum Storage Assessment. This report will be used to direct the efforts of the department to better fulfill its mission to protect and preserve the department's historical and archaeological collections.
The Gold Panning and Gem Mining Sluice is closed until further notice.
The free panning demonstrations will start up again once Park and Recreation facilities reopen. We apologize for any inconvenience.