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“Amazing Shoshone Basket Collection”

Eastern California Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This museum is a few blocks off the highway and because of its remote location may be passed by. But this was a real treat and has hundreds of Native American artifacts, beads, points and an amazing collection of baskets from two private collections. I lost count somewhere around 150 baskets ranging from small hand baskets to huge water jugs. i have never seen such a collection! This museum also has a library with hundreds of books that must be used insight. In addition to the Native American displays they have a collection that a naturalist would love, They even have birds nests complete with eggs from local species. Probably the biggest surprise was their mineral collection with some very unique specimens. The museum is open to the public for free and was more than worth our hour plus visit and our ten dollar donation. If you are headed for the Eastern Sierras this is a must see for all ages!

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Reviewed December 20, 2012

This place is chock-full of information on this region, from the native Paiute tribe, to the Owens Vally water wars, to an excellent appendix to the Manzanar Nat'l Historic Site, to mountaineer Norman Clyde. They even had a native plant garden outside (though not very interesting to look at during the winter...CA native plants are best during the Spring).

The entire museum is self-guided but the staff is glad to answer any and all questions, and they answered mine. They pointed out to the collection outside of "mining equipment, equipment used to build the L.A. Aqueduct, and some trains" though all that was clearly a work in progress since none of them had any signage or information.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I have driven through this town hundreds of times, and never stopped. I don't know why, perhaps just in a hurry to get to my northern destination. Folks, this is the place to stop and smell the roses! I will never look at this town the same way again after stopping at this museum this month. It is full of informative history of the region, with several exhibits indoors and out. There is a library, art gallery, and extensive basket collection of the local native Americans, just to list a few. I was pleasantly surprised by the comprehensive and visual displays of the museum. There is something here for the whole family, and I highly recommend it. I will be stopping again the next time I'm headed north, since I didn't have time to see everything the museum had to offer this go-round. Allow yourself an hour for a superficial visit...more time to get a better look. You won't be sorry, and there's nothing to lose! Admission is free!

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Great local museum, nice collection of native american artifacts. Ranch and minning history, plus the famous water history of the City of Los Angeles.

1  Thank Michele A
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is a small gem of a museum. There are two big rooms. One contains an outstanding collection of Californian Native American baskets. The other room has an exhibit on Manzanar, one of the relocation camps for Japanese during WWII, and historical artifacts and stories from the Owens Valley. The Manazar exhibit serves as a reminder of a wrong American committed not that long ago. The historical Owen Valley material was interesting and often accompanied by charming stories. Ask the museum staff to play the music box.

1  Thank Eileen M
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