Museum of the Central Sierra Offers History on Logging, Water Power, Native Americans
Make sure to bring your family and friends to the Museum of the Central Sierra during your visit to Shaver Lake!
The address is 42642 Tollhouse Road in Shaver Lake. It is actually located at the entrance to Camp Edison.
The museum opened in 2007, but the 501 (c)(3) public benefit corporation, CSHS was founded in 1991.
However, its roots date back to the early 1980’s, when a group of individuals in the central Sierra recognized the need for an organized effort to preserve the fast-disappearing history of the area.
It features a variety of engaging exhibits for visitors of all ages. Younger children can enjoy crafts while parents browse our collections of Native American, logging, mining, and pioneer era artifacts.
The outdoor exhibits offer visitors interactive experiences. The museum’s Powerhouse is the only exhibit like it in the world!
Visitors can learn about the history of hydro-electric power and why the water in this area is called the hardest working water in the world.
The museum offers family scavenger hunts on the Nature trail, hikes to historic points of interest, music monthly in the amphitheater, and historic tours of Shaver Lake aboard a wooden boat the Osprey II.
There is no charge to get into the museum. However, since this is a non-profit organization, it depends upon grants and appreciates visitor donations.
The gift shop at the museum provides adults’ and children’s’ books on California history, Native American culture, pioneer lives, natural history, wildlife, environmental issues facing the West, and recreational activities in the Sierra.
The Museum is open 7 days a week from May – October from 11 AM to 3 PM.
A complete calendar of events is available at: SierraHistorical.org. You can contact the staff at (559) 841-4478