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Eastern California Museum

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foodiefool_10 wrote a review Nov 2020
Carson City, Nevada316 contributions130 helpful votes
This is a smaller museum that successfully covers some very important historical topics. It covers E Sierra history like you'd think. It also has an extensive Native American basket collection that is used by experts to compare specimens - the beauty of some of these baskets is breathtaking. This museum can give you an overview of the early 20th century water grab that Los Angeles inflicted on the Owens Valley and dried the huge lake just outside Lone Pine. You can also get an overview of Manzanar, a WWII Japanese interment camp just south of Independence. It is a close-up and touchingly presented topic - not to be missed. What makes this more special is that the museum will give you the only information you'll get on the subject as the Park Service is too afraid to man their museum at Manzanar.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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GOESgirl wrote a review Feb 2020
California9 contributions2 helpful votes
Such an eclectic collection that showcases the area's rich history. Definitely something for everyone here. Friendly knowledgable staff adds to the experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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HangtownCindy wrote a review Dec 2019
Independence, California52 contributions19 helpful votes
I have to put the caveat that my husband and I are currently the general managers for the Winnedumah hotel, since June of 2019 when the hotel came under new ownership and we are part of the Restoration team for this hotel. I mentioned this because I don't want anybody to think that we are biased towards any business we review in our small lovely little town. We had been so busy that we had not had a chance to walk the two whole blocks to this museum until about a week ago and I have to say is the most extraordinary museum and so unexpected in terms of the vastness of knowledge and interesting displays and items that are under its stewardship that it truly is a hidden gem. Those involved with the museum clearly have a passion for their subject matter and for preserving history. I truly could spend hours in this place and still not see or Learn about all of its treasures. But don't just stop at the building and its contents step beyond into its fast backyard where you will find indigenous species growing and cared for a wonderful babbling Creek an amazing view of the high Sierra and wonderful little benches to sit down on and refresh your spirit. If you have never been in the Owens Valley on highway 395 plan on doing a trip and certainly make this museum one of your stopping points it's not to be missed.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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KFM214 wrote a review Oct 2019
San Diego, California110 contributions54 helpful votes
And totally worth the detour to learn about all the Indian tribes of the area, some of the geology and much more. This eclectic museum is sure to entertain children and adults. here is a small park adjoining the building.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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adoneforall wrote a review Oct 2019
Julian, California31 contributions17 helpful votes
This is a gem of museum. Along with an extensive history in pictures of early families it also has one of the more amazing basket collections. The intricate designs, tight weaving and size (one made of horsehair that is about the size of a dime) were beautiful. The artistry top quality. Along with this they have a book/gift store. One of the oddest things was a set a dentures made from melted toothbrush and set with the teeth of a coyote. Well worth checking out.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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