The Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum space comprises 20 different displays in 1,000 sq ft. (100 m2). The time period covers the Native American era, to the Gold Rush, up to the massive Hetch Hetchy project ending in 1935. Exhibits depict the daily life of a range of local families who settled in the area, as well as their work in mining, lumbering, and tourism. A moving model of the historic Longfellow gold stamp mill is available for family learning. Other exhibits include native plants, old bottles and firearms, newspapers and railroad equipment. A small theater is also available to view historic and environmental videos.
The Museum is also proud to present local natural history as a key element of its purpose. Local plants and animals – with actual samples of plant specimens as well as animal pelts – are available for viewing and touching. However, the highlight for many visitors is the California Black Bear exhibit at the entrance – one of the largest bears known (565 pounds or 250 kilograms).
Visitors are welcome from around the globe. Translations into European languages of exhibit information and local history are available at the entrance desk.
Natural History -
California Black Bear (565 lbs)
Historic displays from local families
New exhibt on indigenous Me-Wuk People