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Oakhurst Museums

Fresno Flats Historical Park - 49777 Road 427, 559-683-6570 Located on School Road (Rd. 427). Members of the all volunteer, nonprofit Sierra Historic Sites Association have spent thousands upon thousands of hours laboring to capture the flavor of family life in Central California's foothills and mountains a century ago. The park contains several historic buildings and a collection of antique wagons; Open dawn to dusk every day for self guided tours; Museum open Tuesday - Friday from 10am to 3pm. Guided tours Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4pm. A full service research library is also located next to the Historical Park and is open Monday - Friday from 10am to 3pm. Group tours and school field trips are welcome, as well as weddings, reunions, meetings and gathering; For more information call 559-683-6570 or visit

Children's Museum - 49234 Golden Oak Dr. Ste. 104, 559-658-5656 The Museum has hands on exhibits for children aged two through twelve. Some of the exhibits include authentic 70,000 year old fossils of mammoths, saber tooth cats, and other animals that lived in our area, and learn how paleontologists excavate fossil by digging in the special paleontology dig box. Also a Bournelli blower an animation table and educational computer programs from Sierra On-Line, games and crafts from the Chukchansi Tribal Council, a magnet table, a gravity wall,and numerous other exciting and educational displays. There is a small admission fee. Call Museum for hours of operation.

Oakhurst Performing Arts

Golden Chain Theatre - Melodrama running summer and fall, with a christmas show, plus many other events. Hwy 41, Info: 559-683-7112
Front Row Theatre Enterprise Center off Hwy.49, 559-641-6777

Oakhurst Attractions

The Grimmer Gallery 40982 Hwy 41, 559-658-2104
National Parks Gallery 40982 Hwy 41, 559-683-3345
The Purple Cow Mall 39935 Hwy 41, 559-683-2112
Stavast Studio/Gallery 40982 Hwy 41 Suite 2, 559-683-0611
Timberline Gallery 40982 Hwy 41, 559-683-3345

Close By

Yosemite - Things To Do - Morning Nature Hike, Flashlight Hike, Waterfall Hike, Lead Horse Corral Ride, Easy Forest Ride(Horseback), Challenging Forest Ride(Horseback), Mariposa Grove Ride(Horseback), Fly Fishing, Fishing, Camp Tenaya, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Jamboree Cookout, Moonlight Special, Jazz at Yosemite, Fitness Center, Photo Walk, Rock Climbing, Guided Day Hike, Bloomin' Great Wildflower Hikes, Video Arcade, Children's Hike, Gold Panning, Wagon Rides, High Country 4-Wheelin'

Ahwahnee - Home to the Miwok Indians, the name Ahwahnee means "beautiful valley" in their native language. Local Miwok tribes continue spiritual traditions to observe births, celebrate harvests and mourn the dead at Wassama Roundhouses. One of only two or three authentic ceremonial Indian Roundhouses surviving in the entire State of California. The grounds include picnic areas, old Indian grinding stones and other Indian artifacts. There is a 75 cent admission fee. Children under 12 are free. Open daily from 11am - 4pm. Guided tours available by appointment for 75 cents per person. Info: 559-683-3631 or 683-8194

Grub Gulch

Chowchilla - Chowchilla's world famous Western Stampede is held every April. You will see cattle herded down Robertson Blvd. to the fairgrounds for four days of roping, dancing and a variety of fantastic food.


The Merced River is the fastest river in North America, dropping 8,500 ft. in 13 miles.

Coarsegold - During the Gold Rush, more than $90,000 in gold was found in the river at Coarsegold. Today you can find "Gabby," a giant wooden sculpture of a Coarse gold miner. Pan for gold on Coarsegold Creek. See craftsmen ; blacksmiths, picture framers, saddle makers, leather workers and wood workers creating collectibles while you watch.
Gold Gulch Mining Museum Hwy. 41, 559-683-8727
Brumley Art Center 35572 Hwy 41, 559-642-2787
Yosemite Gallery and Indian Territory 35463 Hwy 41, 559-683-8727

Fish Camp - Relive memories of long-ago logging camps while riding on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Sturdy flumes once transported lumber 61 miles from Fish Camp to Madera.
Thornberry Museum Sugar Pine Railroad on Hwy. 41, 559-683-7273
Sugar Pine Railroad 56001 Hwy. 41, 559-683-7273

Madera - Where the county's first courthouse is located. Constructed of granite from the local town of Raymond, this structure served the county from 1902-62, now a museum with 22 rooms devoted to a particular aspect of the county and its growth. You will find an abundance of fresh produce in Madera, it is one of California's largest produce areas. In 1993 an excavation in the Madera landfill unearthed fossils of mammoths and other prehistoric animals. Today "The Dig" features an interpretive exhibit.
James Monroe Children's Museum 1819 No. Lake, 559-674-5679
Madera County Historical Society Museum 210 W. Yosemite Ave, 559-675-7715
Circle Galley 511 West Yosemite Avenue, Madera, CA 93637
It is also the home of the Madera County Arts Council a 25 year old state
and local partner of the California Assembly of Local Art Agencies. The
agency provides a visiting-artist program for the city of Madera as well as
the County after-school program. Over 9,000 children annually receive art
lessons from this education program. The gallery hosts 40 artists and the
annual Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Exhibition well known through out the state of California. The summer concert in the park series is planned
and funded by the Arts Council. Six concerts are scheduled during the
summer months on Sunday evenings in Lions Town and Country Park on Howard Road. The Circle Gallery is open from 9:00 until 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and Saturday by appointment.

North Fork - The exact geographical center of California and the cultural center of the Mono Indians. North Fork, an old logging town, it's main employer was a lumber mill until its closure in 1994. The Mono, Miwok and Chuckchansi tribes all called the southern Sierras their home. See there exquisite collection of basket work and artifacts on display at the Sierra Mono Museum. Members of the Mono tribe built the museum and have operated it for the past 20 years.
Sierra Mono Indian Museum Road 225 at Road 228, 559-877-2115 The museum is open from 9am - 4pm Monday thru Friday. Call for info on group tours.

Things To Do - Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, Read the walls of Ross Cabin, The French Trail, Tall Tree tours, Hike Lewis Creek National Recreational Trail, Mountain Biking, The Minarets Pack Station, Rock Collecting, Hike the Mono Trail, Beasore Road, The Bonnie B. Ranch, Wine Tasting and Tours, Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias, Hike Fresno Dome, Jackass Dome, Historic Millerton Courthouse, Historic Millerton Lake, Table Mountain Casino

O'Neals - The first and oldest rangeland research station in California is located in O'Neals. Current research emphasizes watershed management related to wildlife, water quality and livestock grazing, conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension Service and the USDA Forest Service.

Raymond - Some of the most famous buildings in California were built using the distinctive Sierra white granite found in the town of Raymond. The state capitol building in Sacramento, the city hall in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Mint, the San Francisco Stock Exchange building and the Fairmont Hotel are all buildings built by the famous Sierra white granite. Visit the Historic General Store.

Wawona - Wawona was known as Pallachun, "a good place to stay," by Native Americans who traveled between the foothills and Yosemite Valley. Here you will find the lovely Wawona Hotel and historic nine-hole golf course constructed in 1917. Please stop by the Pioneer History Center and view different periods of Yosemite's history.
Pioneer History Center
Wawona Hotel, 559-2524848
Historic Golf Course, 559-375-6572

Bass Lake - Enjoy a day at Bass Lake, a mountain reservoir in a beautiful alpine setting offering fishing, water skiing, boat and water craft rentals. Fine dining as well as burgers. Hiking, biking, live entertainment, cruises, an old movie film site, this and more all with scenic and historic sites.

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