Ansel Adams Gallery

Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park: Hours, Address, Ansel Adams Gallery Reviews: 4/5

Ansel Adams Gallery
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Art Galleries • Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Ansel Adams Gallery is the oldest single family owned and operated business in the National Park system. H.C. Best, a political cartoonist and landscape painter, founded Best's Studio in 1902. His daughter, Virginia Best, ran the business from the 1920s, and married photographer Ansel Adams in 1928. They operated under the name Best's Studio until 1970, when the name was changed. Today The Ansel Adams Gallery houses a remarkable collection of Adams original photographs for sale and many exclusively available reproductions of his work. There is also a remarkable and eclectic offering of books, handcrafts, and other art forms. The Ansel Adams Gallery has been a leader in photographic education since 1940, and offers a number of half day photography classes weekly and week long workshops throughout the year.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Kathy C
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA387 contributions
Beautiful art, jewelry and gifts
Sep 2021
This gallery has very well-curated original art, prints, jewelry, books and gifts. It also has a nice selection of photography equipment in case you forgot something. Tip: when we went in September, 2021, it closed in the middle of the day due to staffing shortages, so plan your visit for another time.
Written September 19, 2021
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drdave822
Buffalo, NY78 contributions
Terrific iPhoto Tips from a Talented Teacher
Aug 2021 • Couples
What a useful and delightful tour with staffer Blake Johnston! My wife and I were joined by our adult son who drove up to Yosemite to join us. Although we are experienced amateur photographers, Blake methodically showed us not only technical secrets of our iPhones but also pro photographer angles on how to get great shots in Yosemite. We had plenty of places to practice our new skills, while hearing fascinating tidbits of Yosemite and Ansel Adams history. We’ve taken many walking tours in numerous cities and countries - this was one of best ever.
Written August 31, 2021
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hi3655
Nyc243 contributions
Wonderful Day Making Pictures
Mar 2021
I booked a private photography guide for a full day. The tour started in the morning and we continued it at sundown. First the photography was wonderful. I had great lesson and day touring the valley.

I would recommend this tour not only to advanced photographers but beginners too.

Unfortunately this tour was held during covid so the museum was closed.
Written July 7, 2021
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Troy C
8 contributions
Excellent Photo Instruction
Jun 2021
I was able to meet with Michael Wise and get a 4-hour private photo tour of Yosemite Valley. We started at 4:30 am so we could catch some sunrise shots and then he took me to several spots in the valley for some wonderful shots. He also knew a lot about my camera and gave me several tips for landscape photography. The spots we went to were off the beaten path and allow us to photograph shots that not everyone sees and in peace and quiet away from crowds. He also showed me several spots to visit later in the day when the lighting would be better at those spots. It was an extremely valuable experience and well worth the time and money.
Written June 23, 2021
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ssb
Cape May, NJ37 contributions
SURPRISED...and not totally in a good way
May 2021
Having seen an Ansel Adams exhibit at the MET in the late 1980s, I was so eager to visit this place. I was shocked to see that about 1/4 of the place had his photos while the rest of the place was like a glorified souvenir store, more than an actual gallery. I would visit again, though.
Written May 21, 2021
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Ken B
Arlington, TX5 contributions
The stop there was all about argueing about photography and what was there in 2012
Nov 2019 • Solo
Staff members where arguing about Ansel Adams photography, what was there in 2012, argueing about the the Moab photo Symposium and could not look up Image Master Sedona on a simple Google search, same thing was happening in Groveland, CA? Tried to contact Mathew Adams and I have not heard back from him 📷📷📸📸
Written October 13, 2020
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Carol B
1 contribution
Fantastic 4 Hour Tour to capture the beauty of Yosmite!
Sep 2020
We were lucky enough to get Michael Wise as our guide for our 4-hour private photo tour of Yosemite Valley. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Michael was very good at communicating and moving our tour times. At the beginning of our tour, Michael spent time with us going over what we knew about our cameras, what we wanted to learn, and what our most important photo goals were. He was so knowledgeable on both our different kinds of cameras, was an excellent teacher to get better photographs, and knew just where to go to get the best light. Our time in the valley was very short and we were able to capture the beauty of it with Michael's help. We would recommend him to any of our friends. Thanks, Michael!
Written September 28, 2020
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Kathy D
Ann Arbor, MI161 contributions
A must
Feb 2020
If you like Ansel Adams this shop is a must stop. Original photos of his for sale, and pictures of him while living there
Written April 20, 2020
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Andy L
Allen, TX1,049 contributions
Iconic place for all photographers to visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Ansel Adams Gallery is an ironic and historical place for anyone interested in photography to visit. Formerly known as the Best Studio (originally started by Ansel Adams’ father-in-law, Harry Best), started in 1904 in Yosemite Valley. The Ansel Adams Galley has original photos my Ansel and other photographers for sale. This shop also has wonderful gifts and photography accessories for sale. A must stop to appreciate the history of the Yosemite Valley and the ironic works of Ansel Adams.
Written March 10, 2020
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,370 contributions
Famous for his Photography
Feb 2020
Known for his keen eye capturing beauty in black and white landscape photography, Ansel Adams work is known throughout the southwest. He was also considered an environmentalist and in the gallery, they have his work for sale of the various images and topography of the park. They were also offering photography lessons Sat and Sun but I think it was for limited time only. There were other things to buy like rocks, books, and yard decors. We bought the yard décor.
Written March 7, 2020
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