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Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: 760-878-0258
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 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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88 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 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!" :))

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Bishop, California
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 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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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 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!

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2 Thank livestotravel121
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 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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2 Thank jbelizej1
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 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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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

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

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West Orange, New Jersey
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60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 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.

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Carson City, Nevada
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195 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This museum has some of the most spectacular California native basket collections you'll find. Even if you aren't a fanatic, you'll be amazed at the art these baskets and the skill that went into them. There is also an interesting display concerning the Japanese internment camp in the area - maybe a good place to introduce young people to this... More 

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