What to Expect

BEFORE YOU GO
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 (Link).

GETTING THERE
The Museum of the Sierra is 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 village of Shaver Lake. Shaver has several quality restaurants, so plan for lunch!

Shortly after passing through the town, you’ll see a sign on the right that reads “Camp Edison” and a smaller sign that reads “Museum of the Sierra” beneath it.  Follow the entrance road a short distance, and we are on the right.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE
The Museum of the Sierra is free, but donations to help with maintenance costs are appreciated. Situated on 19 acres, we have several 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.

We have many industrial, cultural, Native American, and natural history displays inside the museum representing the area’s history. Children can make a Native American bead necklace at the crafts table or go on an Exhibit Hunt among the artifacts. 

WHAT TO DO
We may have friendly and knowledgeable docents to take you on an indoor and outdoor tour, depending on the day. There are also materials to assist you with a self-guided tour of the museum, grounds, and nature trail. Be sure to check our calendar for any special events scheduled for the day of your visit.

Plan on staying 1-2 hours, depending on if we have a special event.

MUSEUM SCHEDULE

  • April 1 – 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

Tours

Schedule a tour for your class.

Outdoor Exhibits

View our outdoor exhibits.

Indoor Exhibits

Over 11 total exhibits to view.