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Great Educational Exhibits

This is a great place to learn about the Giant Sequoia, how they live to be 2000+ years old, and... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
Gafilpoo
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Bluffton, Ohio
Small but interesting

This is a small museum, but it has interesting informational displays about the sequoias--their... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2018
putnik123
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

This is a great place to learn about the Giant Sequoia, how they live to be 2000+ years old, and how fire is essential to their longevity. Good ranger talks here too. The Big Trees Trail is nearby and walk-able from the Museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

The museum is a place for information about the trees and trails. Plenty of parking for trails to the Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow, and the Giant Forest. We took the trail to the Sherman Tree and was not disappointed.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

This is a small museum, but it has interesting informational displays about the sequoias--their habitat and growth requirements. A pleasant place to break up a long drive.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Starting point of different wonderful trails. Lots of helpful information about the National Park. Well organised.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

The museum is an excellent place to learn about the trees and lands of Sequoia. The ranger talks and walks are excellent, we enjoyed the Critter Talk at Lodgepole.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

The Giant Forest Museum is like a visitor center explaining the major theme of the park with an excellent museum of Sequoia trees. The parking lot is a little far from the museum, but the walk to the museum is pretty nice, especially the short...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

Quite a good museum with lots of features telling an interesting story of the area, well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

There were a lot of simple, interactive activities and information to keep busy for a couple of hours. The rangers here are great and offered small information talks to guests. The gift shop is small and parking was tough but the free shuttles were perfect...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

The setting for the museum is amazing. There are sequoias all around the building and one huge tree is the centerpiece right outside the front of the building. It's also a great starting point for some hiking trails, including were we started the Giant Trees...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Frank D
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Not a lot to see inside. Lodgepole Visitor Center has much more with good exhibits. Small gift area, and ranger here for questions etc. Sentinel Tree out front and the exterior of the museum are quite scenic. Bathrooms up from the museum were a mess,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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John W
Houston, tx
Day 11...California road trip...Sequoia National Park (1 Replies)
Day 11...Thurs. 9/14/12 It was nice to see Grant Grove Village in daylight before leaving...please, try to secure and check-in to your cabin before sunset...it's a black hole there at night. Began driving the Generals Highway...crossed the border into Sequoia NP....first stop would be the general Sherman Tree...the world's largest tree....on a side note, find it fascinating that these big trees here ...way out west ..were named after civil war generals who fought 3000 miles away...but...More
November 04, 2012|
Response fromSonapaoma|
Thanks for the interesting trip reports. The sequoia groves in the two parks are indeed very special places. I believe they started naming them right after the civil war. The General Grant was named in 1867 and at that time Grant was the most celebrated man in the country. He became president the next year. The Grant tree was thought to be the largest until more precise measurements were made in 1931 and they found the General Sherman to be larger. Other large trees nearby are named for...More
sharpster08
Woking, United Kingdom
Driving to Sequoia from Three Rivers (0 Replies)
We are trying to decide whether to stay in the park itself or stay at Lazy J's Ranch in Three Rivers. Can anybody tell me how long it is likely to take to drive to the Giant Forest Museum area. Also, is it a particlarly difficult drive?
September 07, 2008|
Shingles029
Late afternoon in the Giant Forest (15 Replies)
Hi All, I am thinking that perhaps we (two adults and a beautiful baby girl) will fly into Visalia on October 9th and land at around 1:30. We're gong to Visalia really only to see the Giant Forest. From the airport I'm think ing I will rent a car and drive to the Giant Forest (about 90 mins). This means I get there between 4 and 5pm (I have to account some time for feeding the baby and picking up our luggage and all). So is that too late? I plan to see General Sherman and the trails...More
August 16, 2012|
Response fromShingles029|
I cannot seem to edit my previous post... Regarding my time in the Giant Forest... I don't see myself spending more than 10 minutes seeing General Sherman. Not that I'm not impressed with it, but how long can one look at a tree? So I guess my question is how long should I expect to spend in the Giant Forest (while visiting the attactions I posted above). Also, regarding where I will go after the Giant Forest, I am considering driving back to Visalia and taking a plane to LAX the next...More