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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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It was interesting to see where John Muir lived and did his writing when he was not out on his adventures. The grounds are well kept. The story of his life, interesting. It's like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It was interesting to see where John Muir lived and did his writing when he was not out on his adventures. The grounds are well kept. The story of his life, interesting. It's like a little Oasis in the middle of chaos. My, how times have changed!

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The property is very well maintained and the house a true treasure. Little bit of an incline to get to the house but a shuttle is available for those that need assistance. The house sits up on a hill making it a wonderful photograph. Make sure you climb the stairs to the lookout tower.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went on the ranger led tour of the John Muir National historic home; it was free. The tour was amazing and we learned a lot about not just John Muir, but his wife, his relatives, and his children (two daughters). The ranger told us amazing stores about the home. John Muir did not build the house, but Dr. Strenzel,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

At the John Muir home, you really get a sense for the time and the man behind the property, unlike many other historical sites.The phone tour is a must. While a little clunky and awkward at times, the narration gives life and meaning to what would otherwise be any other old, rickety house. If you come on a good day,... More 

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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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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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80 helpful votes 80 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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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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193 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 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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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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