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“Take your kids here”

John Muir National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Martinez
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum dedicated to the founder of the environmental movement.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This place is unique and gives you a good history of the Martinez area, besides John Muir there is also a Spanish style adobe built by a Mexican founding family that is neglected in the description.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Fortunately John Muir was a key actor in preserving so many wild places. His home and part of his farm, once a rural hideaway, is now directly on a highwa., the Muir Historic Site has outstanding rangers who make the place -- and John Muir and his family -- come alive. A small gift shop is connected to the house and you can wander the grounds and trails as you will. Usually not that crowded, but on weekends the place is like a Japanese meditation garden for the entire area. Martinez is a rail center for the Central Valley and the transcontinental railroad, easily accessible by car and bus as well.

Thank samuel j
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

John Muir was a true Renaissance man, and this NPS site has his family home, plus part of his orchards and a lovely hike to Mt. Wanda and Mt. Helen (named after his two daughters). Back in the day this was a peaceful rural farmhouse. Now it is within the bustle of Martinez and near Highway 4. Worth a visit to see the house, the Martinez Adobe, and take a leisurely walk into the hills. Bring water, a hat, and sunscreen.

Thank SueBirk
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Bring your walking shoes! The entry fee is only $7 and you can walk through the woods at your own pace. It is so beautiful and quiet. My husband and I enjoyed the walk together and got some wonderful pictures.

Thank Emily A
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Lovely, well-preserved/restored home on beautiful grounds in the center of Martinez. It's a little jarring, but kind of cool, to be on the grounds feeling like you've stepped back in time only to look across the street and see a see a modern gas station. Nonetheless, the grounds are fairly extensive and you can lose yourself in the history of the place.

The home is lovely and very interesting with great artifacts from Muir's life.

Tip: They have an audio tour which is unique (as far as my experience): Specific points are marked with a number and a toll-free line. You can call from your cell phone and hear facts from Muir's life or about the grounds.

Tip#2: I recommend visiting in spring while the hills and grounds are green.

Tip#3: There is a very cool palm tree that we had a blast taking pictures on.

1  Thank Wildiris117
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