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Eastern California Museum

155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-0258
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Worth the stop!

This little museum has one of the most impressive collections of Paiute and Shoshone baskets and... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Philip P
Los Angeles, California
Very nice museum, large outdoor are also

The lady manning the museum was very nice and gave us lots of information. The museum had a lot of... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
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The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. The museum's permanent exhibitions include Native American basketry and crafts, Norman Clyde, Water Wars, Manzanar, Mary Austin, farming, ranching, pioneer families, geology, and a rotating special exhibit each year. The Museum also houses about 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region.We also have a museum giftshop.
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155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-0258
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

This little museum has one of the most impressive collections of Paiute and Shoshone baskets and artifacts. Other tribes are represented as well, and for this collection alone, it's worth the visit, however, there are several other good exhibits of local celebrities - writers, naturalists,...More

Thank Philip P
Reviewed 11 May 2017

The lady manning the museum was very nice and gave us lots of information. The museum had a lot of nice displays including a huge Indian basket collection. They also have a large collection of items outdoors such as wagons, mining equipment, trains and much...More

Thank fungramma51
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This museum has a wide variety of historical artifacts, including : baskets, gems, newspaper articles, photos, etc. I left feeling like I was more informed regarding the history of the Owens Valley.

Thank sheryl t
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This museum has SO much to offer! It's much bigger than I thought it would be and Heather was a wealth of information, enthusiasm and excitement. We're looking forward to going back!

1  Thank dknable2017
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across this place and what a treat..... One of the best museums I've ever been too...with a very friendly staff and amazing artifacts.....

1  Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This museum contains great exhibits - from Norman Clyde photos to the best basket collection I ever viewed. Plus, I learned so much about the infamous water "stealing" and the Manzanar Japanese internment camp that was located nearby. To enjoy the museum thoroughly, allow yourself...More

1  Thank GFP32999
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Small but very good museum. Best exhibits were on Manzanar (Japanese internment camp), on the Owens valley water project, on the native Americans in area, and on early climbers in area. Well worth a stop and air-conditioned!

1  Thank dbates509
Reviewed 7 July 2016

We hadn't originally planned to visit this museum, but were very glad that we did. An amazing collection of items, representing very diverse topics & periods in CA history. We were also impressed by their collection of artifacts from Manzinar, which we'd visited earlier in...More

1  Thank C-S-TravelersFromCA
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Great exhibits of local history and awesome basket collection. You can also research local family history and the staff is always available to to help with anything you need.

3  Thank 1HungryPeggy
Reviewed 15 February 2016

A very interesting museum in Independence. Fascinating displays of Indian baskets and other artifacts, the Japanese Internment Camp at Manzanar exhibit, huge mining equipment display and houses. Well worth a visit!

3  Thank livestotravel121
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