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Giant Forest Museum

Hwy 198, Giant Forest, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Death Valley National Park, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
32 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This museum is dedicated to the forest, and everyone should stop. It is amazing that the size of the seed that this giant tree grows from is about the size of a sunflower seed! They have other pinecone seeds, and this is probably the smallest of them all and produces the largest tree!

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Montreal, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Great, fun little museum, has a cool exhibit on the preservation of the park, another showing how large the Sequoias really are compared to other large objects. No complaints - worth seeing!

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Little Silver, New Jersey, USA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Small, easy to visit museum. Learned lots of little facts and info some of which is also available on hikes around the park. I loved the diorama showing the size of different things - can't believe the trees are taller than the Statue of Liberty! Great visual. Worth stopping and enjoying. Also the place you sign up for Crystal Cave... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

For someone that has not been to the park and has no idea what the difference is between a redwood, a pine, a spruce, or a sequioa is, this is the museum that explains it all and gives an introduction of why giant forest is no longer the hub of activity it was a mere twenty years ago.

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North Andover
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The museum is free and displays a lot of information about the park and the trees a relatively compact space. One must spend at least 10-15 minutes here.

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Foothill Ranch, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Had nice displays and history of location and the park.Some beautiful Sequoia Trees around the grounds.

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West Sand Lake, New York, United States
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189 reviews 189 reviews
49 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Beetle Rock is a few hundred yards off the parking lot across the street from the museum. It's a granite dome with 270-degree spectacular views of the surrounding valley and distant mountains. Don't miss this 5 minute walk from the museum.

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Sacramento, CA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The rangers at the Giant Forest Museum were very helping in planning nearby hikes. They were always pleasant to talk to and eager to lend a hand. If they did not know an answer they would find someone who did. Online searching is a great way to prepare prior to arriving but I would definitely recommend stopping to chat with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This small museum is great for information about the trees in the area. There are rangers inside which can help with planned hikes and general information. Also, has nearby restrooms and plenty of parking (during off season).

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Crestview, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Nice museum, very informative, great for kids, staff was excellent. Small souveneir shop geared more towards children.

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