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John Muir National Historic Site

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Address: 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553
Phone Number: 925-228-8860
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Museum dedicated to the founder of the environmental movement.

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Beautiful and Free!

We decided to take an afternoon trip up to wander around the orchards and check out the Muir House. It was a gorgeous day and so nice to explore this lovely property. Even though... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We decided to take an afternoon trip up to wander around the orchards and check out the Muir House. It was a gorgeous day and so nice to explore this lovely property. Even though you can hear the noise of the town, it's still a little refuge and easy to see why John Muir loved it. We also hiked Mt... More 

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Martinez, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a very good historical adventure if you go on a day where you can tour the house. Otherwise it's informative but less interesting. They do have incredible craftsman made walking sticks at reasonable prices.

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Martinez, California
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163 reviews 163 reviews
70 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

The John Muir home does s lot of fun events throughout the year, not to mention a cool hands on learning experience with the elementary school kids. They dress up in pioneer clothes and learn how to make candles and Adobe bricks, eat with a dinner Pail and tin cup and plate. The highlight for the kids is always climbing... More 

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San Francisco
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Four star if your expectations are realistic. The Taj Mahal it is not, but it is an historically significant house that has been well preserved. The guided tour of the house is recommended. It's very informative, not too long, and all of the info is shared on the first floor before the tour guide sets you free to explore the... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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364 reviews 364 reviews
184 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The John Muir National Historic Site is located just between Napa Valley and San Francisco. You can visit the house that John Muir used to live in and learn about his contributions to America and the National Park system. In addition, you'll find part of the Juan Batista de Anza National Historic Trail here. If you're a collector of the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Yet another fantastic, FREE National Park in the Bay Area. The entire house has been well preserved to tell the story of the National Park Service's founder. The grounds and nearby Mount Wanda are available to stroll until sunset. Come learn about John Muir and his legacy. If you need a no/low cost family outing in the East Bay, there's... More 

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Martinez, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The house and tour are interesting. Since I am Polish American, it was interesting to find out John Muir's father-in-law and wife, of course, were Polish. His father-in-law was an MD and botanist. It was pretty amazing that she was OK with his travels. She knew sticking around the ranch after he worked it was hard on him. It is... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

It is worth visiting this house of John Muir well preserved with well conversant guide, for a non English( US accent) he explains in simple accent not typical US accent. Importance of place is it is hopuse of john Muir a force behind US National parks A person who took 'Teddy" rosevelt then president with him in the Yosemite it... More 

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Martinez, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Living nearby we had not been to the historic home of John Muir since grade school. Going back as an adult it is interesting to see the detail in his home, the historical photos and the antique furniture. The film is only 20-minutes and very helpful to fully understand what John meant to the area. If you are lucky, the... More 

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SF Bay Area
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35 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I'm a frequent visitor to Yosemite and as anyone who visits there knows, John Muir was the inspiration behind Yosemite retaining its natural splendor and becoming a national park. I felt like I knew the historical impact of John Muir fairly well, but after visiting the John Muir House, it was clear I had missed a big piece. The house... More 

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