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Yosemite History Center

Pioneer Yosemite History Museum
Stage coach driver, Burrel Maier
Chinese laundry exhibit
Category: Museums, Yosemite Attractions
Region: Wawona & Fish Camp
8308 Wawona Rd, Wawona, CA 95389

(Formerly the Pioneer History Center)

When you step into the Yosemite History Center in Wawona, you walk through a slice of time when horse-drawn wagons clattered across a covered wooden bridge. Rustic cabins sheltered a fascinating cast of characters during the era when Yosemite was becoming a National Park.

This collection of buildings was relocated to Wawona in the 1950s and 1960s, each with a unique story to tell. Outdoor interpretive signs tell the stories of these buildings year-round. You’re welcome to peer through the windows at the furnishings and various amenities of the time. Admire the cabin that the first person to climb Half Dome built, and peek in at an ultramodern transportation hub of the time.

During the summer, the Yosemite History Center opens up and comes alive.  Visit exhibits inside some of the buildings, sign up to take a ride on a stage coach, and watch blacksmiths at work over an authentic coal forge.

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