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Address: Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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+1 209-372-0200

Yosemite Valley's beauty has drawn artists from all over the world for...

Yosemite Valley's beauty has drawn artists from all over the world for well over 100 years. This museum displays a collection of works selected by a jury of many artists. Works include a variety of styles and range from old to contemporary. In addition to the paintings, the gallery features historical exhibits, which change from time to time.

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90 Objects for 90 Years

This is a special exhibit and was FASCINATING. The museum is right next to the Visitor Center. As a native Californian, I've been to Yosemite probably 25-30 times over the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
Central Coast, California
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Central Coast, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a special exhibit and was FASCINATING. The museum is right next to the Visitor Center. As a native Californian, I've been to Yosemite probably 25-30 times over the years, and somehow missed this museum. The curators reviewed literally millions of items from their archives to achieve this amazing presentation. It distills the Yosemite experience to the best of... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This was always a favorite stop with our kids. It's a museum, a Native American culture exhibit and a changing art gallery in the room next door as well as a Yosemite area Native American village behind the museum. This gets over looked by a lot of guests but is very easy to find next to the visitors center. If... More 

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Foley, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This season's exhibit displays objects from different collections from a mountain lion skull (back when Yosemite had a zoo) and wolverine skat to burden baskets and a Bierstadt painting. Stop by and take a look and use the interactive kiosk to vote for your favorite item. Also leave a note on the whiteboard of any suggestions or praise.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

First, step inside the small museum and check out the Native American cultures that lived in the Yosemite region, the Miwok and Paiute. Fabulous baskets and artifacts are on display. There is also a small shop which sells Native American jewelry, baskets, and the like. Behind the museum, there is a reconstructed Ahwahneechee Village. Structures are constructed with the bark... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Open daily from 9am - 5pm and is located next to the Valley Visitor Center. It has an Indian Cultural exhibit as well as a museum store. We spent no more than 15 minutes tops in here.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Loved the little museum and especially the trail out the back explaining how the native americans used the natural resources. One particular interesting use of black oak acorns was to crush them a make a poultice for painful conditions often laughed at by unsympathetic wives. The shop next door with the Ansel Adams photos closes at 5. Strange this as... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Visitors are being misled into thinking Miwoks inhabited Yosemite Valley , when in fact Yosemite was inhabited by Piutes. The Miwoks came later and on that note , it was the Miwoks that helped and aided the Mariposa Battalion who would later capture Tenaya and his band. While the museum has some good information, and unless it has changed,most of... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Small museum that was interesting but seemed geared toward children. Be sure to watch the short movies on the Spirit of Yosemite next door.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

This is a great museum for families with school age children. Not too much and some hands on activities.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

The movie showed how the pioneers were cutting down the trees. President Roosevelt visited and proclaimed it to be a national park and the cutting came to a hault.

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