Stories In Stones

1249 S Main St, Angels Camp
(209) 736-1300
Hours Open:
Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Stories in Stones is so much more than a store. Once you’ve visited you’ll be coming back again and again to see what new marvels you can find and to delight in the natural world’s variety.

Stories in Stones: The Store

Imagine walking into a wonderful museum, where everything is available for purchase and you can choose something to take home for your own pleasure or to give as a gift.  There are so many choices! Here, you’ll  find a wide selection of classified mineral specimens to add to your collection, from massive, crystal filled amethyst geodes to small, beginner specimens that can fit in little hands.

You’ll find marine shells, amazing examples of ancient, petrified wood and fossils as well as Native American rugs, jewelry and pottery. There’s also a large beading section with supplies for making and repairing jewelry, there are guide books, science kits, relief maps, insects and butterfly specimens and of course, gold panning equipment. There’s even a giant cave bear skeleton.

Stories in Stones: Learning Center

The store also holds a large Earth Science Learning Center with educational displays on:

  • The six crystal systems
  • The nine classifications of minerals
  • The five kingdoms of life in fossils
  • What is a fossil?
  • Types of fossilization
  • Marine fossils

Here’s where you can learn about “Earth in a Nutshell.”  Beloved owner, Russ, used to say that he “…want(s) everyone to be able to have an opportunity to learn about the earth and how important it is to us in our daily lives. When you leave you will understand that we, as humans, are nothing more than walking rocks ourselves. RIP, Russ. You are missed.