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Address: Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: +1 209 372 0200
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Yosemite Valley's beauty has drawn artists from all over the world for...

Yosemite Valley's beauty has drawn artists from all over the world for well over 100 years. This museum displays a collection of works selected by a jury of many artists. Works include a variety of styles and range from old to contemporary. In addition to the paintings, the gallery features historical exhibits, which change from time to time.

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Why Yosemite Collects 90th Anniversary Exhibit

This season's exhibit displays objects from different collections from a mountain lion skull (back when Yosemite had a zoo) and wolverine skat to burden baskets and a Bierstadt... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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El Portal, California
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El Portal, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This season's exhibit displays objects from different collections from a mountain lion skull (back when Yosemite had a zoo) and wolverine skat to burden baskets and a Bierstadt painting. Stop by and take a look and use the interactive kiosk to vote for your favorite item. Also leave a note on the whiteboard of any suggestions or praise.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

First, step inside the small museum and check out the Native American cultures that lived in the Yosemite region, the Miwok and Paiute. Fabulous baskets and artifacts are on display. There is also a small shop which sells Native American jewelry, baskets, and the like. Behind the museum, there is a reconstructed Ahwahneechee Village. Structures are constructed with the bark... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Open daily from 9am - 5pm and is located next to the Valley Visitor Center. It has an Indian Cultural exhibit as well as a museum store. We spent no more than 15 minutes tops in here.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Loved the little museum and especially the trail out the back explaining how the native americans used the natural resources. One particular interesting use of black oak acorns was to crush them a make a poultice for painful conditions often laughed at by unsympathetic wives. The shop next door with the Ansel Adams photos closes at 5. Strange this as... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Visitors are being misled into thinking Miwoks inhabited Yosemite Valley , when in fact Yosemite was inhabited by Piutes. The Miwoks came later and on that note , it was the Miwoks that helped and aided the Mariposa Battalion who would later capture Tenaya and his band. While the museum has some good information, and unless it has changed,most of... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Small museum that was interesting but seemed geared toward children. Be sure to watch the short movies on the Spirit of Yosemite next door.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

This is a great museum for families with school age children. Not too much and some hands on activities.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The movie showed how the pioneers were cutting down the trees. President Roosevelt visited and proclaimed it to be a national park and the cutting came to a hault.

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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The museum is a wonderful way to learn about the history of the Ahwahnechee Indians that lived in the valley for many years. Their baskets, clothing are on display and is a stunning display of talent. We have watched on occasion a decendent of the Ahwahnechee make a basket in the room to the right. They are also related to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We visited the museum while explore the valley. Inside there were items associated with the history of the area - Native American artifacts, an Indian motorcyle and surveying equipment. Also, inside the museum is a small gallery with paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran and Thomas Hill to name a few. There are also a few items that belonged to... More 

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