Expand your Mind ~ Visit a Museum

The Southern Yosemite region is rich in history and culture, including the Gold Rush, the days of the horse drawn stagecoach, and countless stories and folklore about the early settlers and pioneers of yesteryear.

The Consortium of Southern Yosemite Museums invites you to take an educational, family oriented and fun filled journey into the past and discover the many treasures of the region.

Find out how the city of Coarsegold got its name, and why the town of Fresno Flats changed its name to Oakhurst.

A trip to the beautiful mountain region of Southern Yosemite is sure to delight the young and young at heart, it will also create a wealth of wonderful memories that our family will treasure for a lifetime.

We look forward to your visit!

  • Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

    Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park is located at 43469 Highway 49 in Ahwahnee adjacent to Wasuma School. AHRP is a nature based Park with 3 miles of walking and Equestrian trails. The Park property is owned by Madera County but day to day operations are the responsibility of Friends of AHRP a Non-Profit organization formed for this purpose. Hours 8:00am to Dusk Wednesday through Sunday. (559) 683-0408, www.AhwahneePark.org

  • California State Mining & Mineral Museum

    See fantastic crystals of gold, gemstones and rare mineral crystals from around the world, in the official State Mineral Collection. Underground mine tunnel, working stamp mill model, assay office, gold panning, gift & book shop. Hands on Jr. Ranger programs. At Mariposa Fairgrounds. (209) 742-7625, www.parks.ca.gov

  • Central Sierra Historical Society & Museum

    Visit the museum located in Shaver Lake at the entrance to the Edison Campground. Situated on 20 acres the museum serves as an educational center and houses antiques, artifacts and historical memorabilia of the area. Outdoor exhibits include an operational Steamdonkey, fully functional power generator, amphitheater and nature trails. (559)841-4478, CSHSmuseum@gmail.com

  • Children's Museum of the Sierra

    A discovery museum for young people (ages 2-12) and their families, providing hands-on exhibits and programs designed to encourage visitors to learn by doing, imagining, creating and making choices. (559) 658-5656, www.ChildrensMuseumoftheSierra.com

  • Coarsegold Historical Society & Historic Museum

    Three miles south of Coarsegold on Hwy 41, the museum is home to artifacts and buildings dating to the 1800s; Indian relics and a village site are also featured. (559) 642-4448, www.CoarsegoldHistoricalSociety.com 31899 Hwy 41, Coarsegold, CA 93614.

  • Fossil Discovery Center

    700,000 year old fossils of Columbian mammoths, giant sloths, and saber-tooth cats. Many exhibits explore the ancient San Joaquin Valley. Dig up a Dire wolf skull in our "Mock Dig." Come visit us! (559) 665-7107, 19450 Ave 21-1/2, Chowchilla, CA 93610, www.MaderaMammoths.org

  • Fresno Flats Historic Village Park & Museum

    Located in the heart of Oakhurst, Fresno Flats Historic Park, Museum Complex, Research Center and Library is built around two restored and furnished homes dating to the 1870's, both homes designated as Points of Historical Interest by the State of California. Each home is unique and captures the flavor of 19th Century life and are among the last known structures of their type in California. (559)683-6570, www.FresnoFlatsMuseum.org

  • Golden Chain Theater

    Celebrating our 48th consecutive season of LIVE theatre! Bringing you Summer Melodrama, historical drama, murder mystery, MUSICALS, & comedy. GCT is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that relies on our local community to get involved and keep our productions vibrant and exciting. Our website: www.goldenchaintheatre.org Call for reservations. (559) 683-7112

  • King Vintage Museum

    King Vintage Museum is sponsored by Wild Wonderful Women & Friends, a local non-profit providing benefits to the community. It is a Virtual & travelling museum only. Current exhibits are at the Coarsegold Historical Museum and often at the Chamber of Commerce. There is a Facebook page, an Ebay store and Research Library. Fashions and lifestyles of past generations. (559) 683-1993

  • The Little Church on the Hill

    The only house of worship in this area for nearly fifty years.

  • Friends of Nelder Grove, Inc.

    A giant sequoia grove that is FREE to visit. Just 13 miles from Oakhurst. The last two miles are on a dirt road so check weather conditions before your visit. For a free interpretive guide including trail descriptions and sequoia facts go to our website to download the guide. This includes a map of the area and directions. (559) 760-9108, www. NelderGrove.org

  • Raymond Museum: The Charles Miller House

    Visit Raymond's original homestead, The Charles Miller House, built in 1886. Come aboard the red caboose sitting on the rail bed Theodore Roosevelt traveled when he visited Yosemite. Learn the secret of why "All Roads Lead to Raymond!" Listed on California's Registry of Historical Places. (559) 689-1886, theRaymondMuseum@gmail.com

  • Sierra Mono Indian Museum

    Housing an impressive display of traditional Indian arts, the museum is also home to authentic wildlife dioramas of North America. Explore local native culture and history. The whole family will enjoy the nature trail and Indian Village. Annual Pow Wow 1st week of August. (559) 877-2115, www.SierraMonoMuseum.org

  • Thornberry Museum & Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

    Ride the Logger Steam Train! A living museum and a National Heritage Railroad. Shay logging locomotives transported logs in the area from the late 1800's until 1931. Visit the Thornberry Museum, an 1856 homestead featuring historic relics from a by-gone era. Operating in the Sierra National Forest. (559) 683-7273, www. ymsprr.com