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John Muir National Historic Site

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Address: 4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA 94553-3826
Phone Number:
+1 925-228-8860

Museum dedicated to the founder of the environmental movement.

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Great NPS Site

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Bel Air, Maryland
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128 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Rangers like Ranger Rafael is what makes our visits to NPS sites special. Involved, caring rangers who take the time to interact with their visitors and understand their own reasons for loving the national parks are always the #1 highlight of any site. Ranger Rafael took time to talk about our park travels, help us with parking on a busy... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit to the John Muir National Historic Site was a memorable one, the rangers offer a guided tour and do a fantastic job of walking you through John Muir's life and the passion that drove him to become the "Father of the National Parks". The home has been meticulously restored to it's Victorian beauty and sits on the grounds... More 

Thank Rachel B
Martinez, California
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We love to go to the John Muir site for Earth Day. They have a big celebration. They open parking up at the high school just down the street and have buses running to pick up and drop off. Lots of booth and kid interactive things. The house is open to walk through on your own. Love it!

Thank Kelli P
san francisco, ca
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Volunteers have done an amazing job restoring and upkeeping John Muir's family ranch. Walk through pages of history...Read some inspiring stories and poems of his travels and discoveries...Come visit during his birthday bash in April where a John Muir look-alike tells incredible stories in his native accent & bag pipes are heard for a mile around!

Thank skiparoundtheblock
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

I'm a huge fan of Muir so to visit this place was great personally. The tour guide of the house Jack is very knowledgeable and gave us a great tour, it was also fun to pick his brain and talk about Muir with him. We got very lucky and went on a rainy day where there weren't any tours scheduled... More 

Thank Jeremiah D
Martinez, California
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Muir Site is close to where I live and I take visitors to it whenever I can. The home is decorated with many of Muir's own items and in period. The grounds are lovely to walk. Get a docent-led tour or use the phone app - the more information you have, the more interesting the tour.

Thank merrittm
Orick, California
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

As a naturalist and life long lover of John Muir and his writings, this was a really fun place to visit. They offer a self guided tour via a phone number where you can learn about the property. Going into the mansion is really interesting, and getting up into the bell tower up top offers some great views of the... More 

Thank Justin L
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Beautiful place, a variety of trails for families. Very accessible for a range of abilities, from older people to young children. The area wasn't crowded at all when we went.

Thank Michelle W
Lafayette, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The John Muir house is one of those amazing bits of California history that you can drive right by on adjacent highway 4 and be unaware of. But it is well worth a stop. John Muir played a key role in increasing awareness in America about the need to preserve park land and protect the environment. The home and grounds... More 

Thank LightFighter
Silverdale, Washington
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 December 2016

Spent an unplanned hour or so here during our Thanksgiving trip. Lovely, well preserved home of John Muir. Great audio tour, friendly rangers, and beautiful grounds. Well worth a stop!

Thank lattelady63

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