Museums and Exhibits Featuring John Muir
- John Muir Geotourism Center - (off-site link) - Located in historic Coulterville, Calfornia, where John Muir stopped on his 1868 walk from San Francisco to Yosemite, the John Muir Geotourism Center offers a small exhibit space, along with live and audio tours of the John Muir Highway route to Yosemite, and a variety of programs to inspire people of all ages to explore, learn, share, and preserve the values of the John Muir Legacy.
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
Gisel, Muir scholar and curator of the Club's LeConte
Memorial Lodge in Yosemite is
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.
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.
- Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (formerly 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.
- John Muir and the Personal Experience of Nature - Riverside Metropolitan Museum (Special Exhibit was Open December 2, 2012 - October 26, 2014). This temporary exhibit include the traveling exhibition, "Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John MuirÃ¢'s Botanical Legacy," plus objects and specimens from Riverside Metropolitan's collection and Smithsonian'sNational Herbarium; and images and resources from the Holt-Atherton Special Collections (University of the Pacific); the Local History collection of the Riverside Public Library; the UC Riverside Department of Biology; and California Museum of Photography. A video of the exhibit is available on You Tube from one of the exhibit's visitors.
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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