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Museums Featuring John Muir


  • Oakland Museum of California - (off-site link) - This famed museum opens a new temporary exhibit on August 6, 2011 spotlighting the life of John Muir as well as eight Modern Day Muirs. A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir's Journey (off-site link) highlights Muir's immersion in the natural world of California. Through interactive, multisensory displays of natural specimens and audio and video, - and even smell - visitors will experience a simulation of Muir's exploration behind Yosemite Falls, his trek from Yosemite to Mount Whitney, and even his night spent in a hollow giant sequoia observing the forest burning around him. People currently involved in environmental research and activism are celebrated as well —including a Yosemite National Park geologist, a bighorn-sheep biologist inspired by Muir, and an Oakland tree-planter/activist. The Sierra Club's own Bonnie Gisel, Muir scholar and curator of the Club's LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite is included. Told through OMCA's collections of art, history, and natural science, interactive digital technology, and journals, manuscripts, videos, audio, natural specimens, and original drawings — the exhibition is a tribute to Muir’s legacy and to the importance of continued environmental stewardship.
  • John Muir National Historic Site - The Martinez Ranch where Muir lived for many years, tending orchards and writing his conservation messages, has long featured the historic house he lived in, built by his father-in-law. Now, the NPS is revamping the visitor center to feature more exhibits and displays explaining John Muir's life and legacy. You can view many Muir artifacts and historic photographs on the NPS site for Museum Collections for John Muir National Historic Site.
  • LeConte Memorial Lodge - The Sierra Club's historic LeConte Memorial in Yosemite Valley includes a comprehensive display about John Muir and his life and legacy. A life-size photographic cut-out of Muir greets visitors, a creative Earth-Turtles-and-Muir quote surprises visitors, and evening programs frequently feature Muir as a topic.


  • Wisconsin Historical Society - (of-site link) The library of the Wisconsin Histroical Society features a display of John Muir's remarkable invention, a clock-study desk that automatically rotated books Muir was studying.
  • Muir Memorial Park - Really an outdoor museum, includes a nature trail surrounding Ennis Lake (which Muir's family had called "Fountain Lake."
    Enjoy this excellent 10 minute video slide show of the Memorial Park showing Muir's ties there. (off-site link)


  • John Muir's Birthplace - (off-site link) Muir's birthplace in Dunbar, Scotland, has been transformed into an interpretive center with three floors of interactive exhibits explaining the importance of John Muir to the world-wide conservation movement.

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