The Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine showcases memorabilia from the more than 650 movies that were filmed in the Lone Pine
area. PHOTO BY AARON CRUTCHFIELD
A nature exhibit that has hundreds of miles to view, with wildlife and plant life known
to thrive in the Oasis Valley and the Great Basin area. See the Ordovician Fossils at the
Great Beatty Mud Mounds overlooking the town. Learn how the miner’s lived, worked and
played in the early 1900s. Beatty is located on US Highway 95 at the junction of Nevada
Highway 374, 115 miles north of Las Vegas and 6 miles from the California-Nevada border.
Built in the Art Deco era of 1931, this museum served as a branch of the Kern County
Library system until 1982 when the Tehachapi Heritage League moved the museum.
Tehachapi’s roots began with the Kawaiisu, who arrived 1,500 years ago. Miners did pass
through the area, but the railroad in 1876 created the city of Tehachapi. View the large
collection of various art and life examples from many generations. Open Friday - Sunday,
noon to 4 p.m. Address: 310 South Green St., Tehachapi. Phone: 661-822-8152.
Dedicated to the history of Boron and the opening of the Borax mine. The museum is
open seven days a week 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special museum hours can be arranged for
groups of 10 or more. Come to Boron to celebrate Twenty Mule Team Days for a festive
parade and exhibits on October 7, 2017! The Twenty Mule Team started out in Death
Valley; how did they get to Boron? 26962 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. The museum
is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 760-762-5810.
Dedicated to preserving flight history and flight research performed over Boron and the
surrounding Valley, located next door to the Twenty Mule Team Museum. Find out what
aerospace has to do with the Mojave Desert.The museum is open seven days a week
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special museum hours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. The
museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 760-762-6600.
Just west of Highway 395 lies California’s biggest mine — and one of the richest sources
of borax on the planet. The Borax Visitor Center brings you to the edge of this awesome
deposit. Here you can view mammoth mining equipment, learn about the geology that
form the deposit, and see how processed borates are delivered to customers, world-wide.
What does your TV and Borax have in common? Just off Highway 58, The Borax Visitor
Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except major holidays). For information, call 760-
762-7588 or 760-762-7432.
The mission of the Rand Desert Museum is to provide educational support for the desert’s historical resources including the preservation of historical buildings and artifacts of the Rand Mining District and adjacent areas. Learn about one of California’s biggest producing gold mines and be sure to ask to see the glow in the dark display! 161 Butte Avenue, Randsburg, CA. The museum is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, or by appointment for special groups.
Exhibits of cultural and natural history of the Northern Mojave Desert, plus a hands-on
discovery area for children. Changing art exhibits in the Sylvia Winslow Gallery; Death
Valley Tourist Center and Northern Mojave Visitors Center provide extensive information.
Tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon and its world-class rock art are available by reservation.
Also check out the newest additions to the museum. Be sure to tour the Gladys Merrick
Gardens, and don’t forget to look for the human sundial and labyrinth! Located on the
corner of China Lake Boulevard and Las Flores Avenue in Ridgecrest. Open 10 a.m. - 5
p.m. daily except major holidays. 760-375-6900.
Explore the history of weapons development for the United States Navy at this museum
located on the Naval Air Weapons Station of China Lake. Can you find the Sidewinder
Missile? Located at One Pearl Harbor Way, China Lake, CA. Operating hours are Monday
through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m, closed Sundays and selected holidays. Special tours can
be arranged by calling the museum at 760-939-3530 during regular business hours. U.S.
citizens can pick up guest passes at the main gate Visitors Center.
See artifacts including bugs and reptiles of the Mojave Desert. Open April-October,
Thursday through Saturday. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m (for special viewings call Larry at 760-876-5052).
Located at 127 W. Bush St., Lone Pine, CA 93545.
“Where the real west becomes the reel west”
Showcasing memorabilia from more than 650 movies filmed in the area. The museum offers tours of movie locations year-round, and you can enjoy screenings in their air-conditioned 85-seat theater (check the front desk or the website for latest details). Hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m, Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Check the website or call for winter hours). 701 S. Main St. Lone Pine, CA 93645. Call 760-876-9909.
Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of 10 camps where Japanese American citizens
and resident Japanese aliens were confined during World War II. Established as a National
Historic Site in 1992, Manzanar also tells the stories of Owens Valley Paiute life and the
homesteading era. The Interpretive Center features extensive exhibits and audio-visual
programs including “Remembering Manzanar,” an award-winning documentary. Take
a 3.2-mile self-guided driving tour that highlights life in the camp. See replicas of the cafeteria, school house and living quarters of the camps. Located between Independence
and Lone Pine on U.S. Highway 395. The Interpretive Center is open 9 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.
November through March and 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. April through October. Closed Dec. 25.
The site is accessible from sunrise to sunset daily. 760-878-2194, 760-878-2194.
Founded in 1928, this museum features exhibits that reflect the diverse natural and cultural
heritage of Inyo County and the Owens Valley. Collections include the largest collection
of Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone basketry in the world. Also take a walking tour of
Independence to learn about Inyo County’s historic past. Learn about Camp Independence,
a U.S. Army Outpost! Hours of Operation: Open daily (except major holidays) 10
a.m. - 5 p.m. 155 North Grant St., Independence, CA,
760-878-0364 or 760-878-0258.
Museum, Gift Shop, Native American crafts, and tours. Dedicated to the continuous
perpetual life of the indigenous people of the Owens Valley. Ask for a translation of
“Manahuu”! Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. year round. Located at 2300 West
Line St., Bishop, CA, 760-873-8844.
11 acres and 30 buildings of indoor and outdoor exhibits of early railroad and western
life. Operated by the Bishop Museum and Historical Society, the museum is California
Historical Landmark No. 953, and is on the National Registry of Historical Places. Don’t
forget to see and learn about the 1909 Narrow Gauge Engine and freight cars. Open all
year 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Located 4.5 miles northeast of Bishop on Highway 6. 760-873-5950.
The Mammoth Museum is housed in the original 1920s log cabin built by Emmet Hayden,
mapmaker of the Eastern Sierra. It contains many artifacts from that period as well as
historic photographs and displays. See maps of the Sierras made by Hayden. Located at
5489 Sherwin Creek Road adjacent to Mammoth Creek, in Mammoth Lakes, CA. 760-934-
Located in the old Schoolhouse in Lee Vining, CA. Learn about the history of the Mono
Basin and tour the Upside Down House built by Nellie Bly O’Bryan. While touring the
Upside Down House, can you find the cat and the mouse? Located on Mattly Avenue, adjacent
to Hess Park, in Lee Vining (behind the CalTrans yard) Hours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. from
May 27, 2017, through early October, closed Tuesdays.
The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore, located in the town of Lee
Vining, is a great spot to stop and get your bearings regarding Mono Lake. It is the headquarters
of the non-profit group working to obtain long-term protection and restoration
of the Mono Lake ecosystem. General information on Mono Lake is available, as well as
detailed displays on Mono Lake’s political history and the current efforts of the Mono Lake
Committee. Visit the bookstore and art gallery. What kind of birds make their home on
Mono Lake? Located at the corner of U.S. 395 and Third Street in Lee Vining, CA. 760-
A historic gold mining town was once known as the most lawless, wildest and toughest
mining camp in the West. Now a historic tribute to life from the mid-1800s to the 1940s
which is protected as a state park and left in “arrested decay.” Walk the streets, take a
tour of the Stamp Mill and imagine life as it was in another time. While you’re exploring
the cemetery, be sure to look for the gravesite of historic figure Rosa May. The Museum/
Visitor Center is open from mid-May to mid-October; hours can vary because of weather
conditions. Park closure hours are strictly enforced to protect the structures and artifacts.
To plan your trip call 760-647-6445 and be sure to visit the Bodie Foundation’s website to
find out about upcoming events in the park.
For more information about all of Carson City’s museums go to www.visitcarsoncity.com/thingstodocarsoncity/museums/.
Changing exhibits of the history of Nevada. Take a walking tour of the Carson City Mint building and discover how money was made from 1870 to 1893. Located at 600 North Carson St., Carson City, NV. Museum hours: 8:30 - 4:30 Tuesday - Sunday
Preserving the railroad heritage of Nevada including cars and locomotives of the famous
Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Take a train ride or a handcar ride. Learn how track was laid
in the 19th century. Open Thursday - Monday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Located at 2180 South
Carson St., Carson City, NV, 775-687-6953.
Listed on the Historic American Building Survey and the National Historic Register, the Foreman-Roberts House is located in downtown Carson City and is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture. Available for weddings and special events as well. Not originally built in this location — how did this house get to Carson City? And where did it come from? Located at 1207 North Carson St., Carson City, NV. Hours of operation are Friday-Sunday 1 - 3 p.m.
This museum was originally an off-reservation boarding school that provided education for American Indian youth of Nevada, California, Arizona and New Mexico, representing more than 200 tribes. Find out who Dat-So-La-Lee was. Located at 5500 Snyder Ave., Carson City, NV.
The cemetery is seen at Manzanar National Historic Site. PHOTO BY AARON CRUTCHFIELD