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Yosemite History

Madera County is ... HistoricYosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road gold panning

From historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad to the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County or the Southern Yosemite Consortium of Museums, the history of the region is on display throughout the area. Learn about the Native American Tribes that lived in Yosemite and the surrounding region at the Sierra Mono Museum, or learn about the loggers who felled giant trees in the mountains and fed them via flume to Madera at the Madera Courthouse Museum. Explore the museums of Madera County: California's Gateway to Yosemite to see on your visit and watch history come alive.

Museums & Historical Sites

Children's Museum of the Sierra

49269 Golden Oak Drive
Oakhurst, CA 93644

Phone: (559) 658-5656

Interactive Children's Museum...explore the ocean, study medicine, dig for artifacts, perform on stage, study wildlife, drive a fire truck, create shadows in space or inspirations on paper.

Coarsegold Historic Village

35300 Highway 41
Coarsegold, CA 93614

Phone: (559) 683-3900

The Village is home to a unique community of shops, coffee house, restaurant and peddlers. The Village is also home to many events including the Memorial Day & Labor Day Weekends Peddlers Fairs and October Tarantula Festival. http://www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com

Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County

19450 Avenue 21 1/2
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Phone: (559) 665-7107
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday & Holidays except for pre-scheduled field trips.

Discover one of the largest middle-Pleistocene fossil excavations in North America. Go back in time 700,000 years ago and meet Columbian Mammoths, Saber-Toothed Cats, Giant Sloths, Short-Faced Bear and more.

Fresno Flats Historical Park

49777 Road 427
Oakhurst, CA 93644

Phone: (559) 683-6570

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park recaptures the flavor of 19th Century life in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Learn about the settlers who came for gold, farming, merchants and the rich natural resources of the mountains.

Madera County Historical Society

210 W. Yosemite (Historic Madera County Courthouse)
Madera, CA 93639

Phone: (559) 673-0291

Visit the Madera Courthouse Museum and learn about the history of the area. Don't miss Christmas time when the museum is transformed into a holiday celebration.

Museums & Historic Sites of Southern Yosemite

Phone: (559) 683-6999

Take an educational, family oriented and fun filled journey into the past and discover the many treasures of the region.

Sierra Mono Museum

33103 Road 228
North Fork, CA 93643

Phone: (559) 877-2115

We exist for the specific purpose of fostering a better public understanding and appreciation of Mono Indian Culture, past and present, promoting the cultural development of our community, county, and state through recording and collection of Mono Indian artifacts and history.

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad / Thornberry Museum

56001 Highway 41
Fish Camp, CA 93623

Phone: (559) 683-7273

Travel back in time on an exciting 4-mile railroad excursion, on a powerful steam train. Gold panning, Thornberry Museum, gift store and deli lunch. Moonlight Special with entertainment, dinner & barbecue. Open seasonally.

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