What to Expect

The Museum of the Sierra is located in the Central Sierra mountains just about an hour’s drive northeast of the Fresno/Clovis area. Your route will take you on a drive through the beautiful Sierra foothills to the small mountain community of Shaver Lakes. 

Situated on 19 acres, we have several outdoor exhibits important to the history of California. You will see a fully functional steam donkey, the only operational hydroelectric powerhouse in a museum setting worldwide, a replica log flume, an antique Mac Truck from the 1920s, an original sawmill, and a 100-year-old Caboose #51 from the defunct SJ&E Railroad. 

In addition to our outdoor exhibits, we have many industrial, cultural, Native American, and natural history displays inside the museum representing the Sierra Nevada history. 

Admission to the Museum of the Sierra is FREE to the public, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information on how you can support our museum, click here.


  • May 19 – May 26 – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • May 28 – Sept 4 – 7 Days/Week from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • Sept 9 – Nov 27 – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Nov 28 – March 31 – CLOSED for the Season

Check the weather and road conditions. We have many exciting entertainment and educational events, so you may want to plan your visit around our museum calendar.


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Outdoor Exhibits

View our outdoor exhibits.

Indoor Exhibits

Over 11 total exhibits to view.