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Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: +1 760-878-0258
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects...

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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A little piece of history

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.....

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jennifer C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.....

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 an hour to hour 1/2 at a minimum.

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Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 the day. And be sure to see the "dentures made of coyote's teeth!" :))

Thank C-S-TravelersFromCA
Bishop, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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incline village
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

2 Thank livestotravel121
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

Really gives you a feeling for Inyo County And the environs-- The town of independence is special--it doesn't have a traffic light--it has a very eccentric French restaurant named" Still life Café"-- Getting back to the museum --you feel like you have entered a very well appointed old home, transporting you back to that era that is gone with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

Great historical museum, has many displays and knowledgeable staff for the history of the area. It includes vast historical information on the Manzanar Japanese internment camp as well. Small town so it's easy to find the museum, and everyone around was nice to talk to.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

After this museum turned me on to this character, I have been searching and reading about Norman Clyde, a truly monumental character. Thanks!!

2 Thank oldhippiegal
West Orange, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

This museum has an awesome display of artifacts which help illustrate the developing history of the eastern California area especially the Sierras. I learned a great deal about the local culture and characters. Especially fabulous is the collection of local Native American baskets.

2 Thank adhphd

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