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This historic site is beautiful and a must-see/do for anyone who loves national parks and wants to know more about the history and story of John Muir. The grounds are not large at all, but it is very beautiful. It is completely free to tour the grounds, you can take a self-guided tour with an audio narrative using your cell phone. There are numbers along the tour, where you call the number the rangers give you, you also dont have to use up your minutes on your phone by staying online till you reach the next station, you can call back and pick up where you left off when you reach the next station. Its really cool. I love that this historic site is so close to where I live, the parking area is small but there is parking across the street if the onsite one is all filled up. The tour doesnt take the long, but like I said the ground are beautiful, its hard not to just take a long stroll through the grounds. Its peaceful. I saw the video at the end, and I must say its really empowering. I found his life to be quite fascinating, especially after watching the video! I highly recommend visiting this landmark!
I have had a hard time wrapping my head around this national Park because the home belonged to his wife Louie Strentzel. She inherited it from her father and ran the 2600 acre farm, orchards, and household. After she married John, he moved in and helped with the orchards and the trees but did not run the farm. He wrote, he traveled, he camped, he lobbied, and he studied. Louie encourage him in his writing, supported him with the funds of the farm to lobby in DC and travel to Alaska, introduced him to her contacts her family had made over the years, gave him a home, 2 daughters, and "kept the home" while he traveled .....and the National Park is called John Muirs Historic Home (Site). This is how we have lost her story. I asked the ranger on duty why Louie is not mentioned in her own home, and he said "her piano is in the living room". After speaking to him in more depth he said "maybe we could do a better job in our signage". I hope he will. I hope they all will.
The hike up Wanda is terrific. Half hour up twenty minutes down if you’re into the exercise. The trip up can get your heart pounding and leave you breathless, if you wish. Lots of shade, trees and a good view await you. At about twenty minutes from the bottom there is a nice side trip if you turn right onto the narrow trail at the billboard/ picnic table. If you want to continue to Mt Wanda stay to the left and left again at the Y. About 200 feet past the Y is a narrow trail to the left leading to the top of Mt. Wanda. Keep this trail a secret we would not want this beautiful trail to get crowded
Vivek V. Mistry
Great place to be here on Earth day! The parking is limited. So please ensure you park at the Alhambra high school parking lot and use the shuttle. The NPS staff is really nice! Dont miss the short movie in the visitors center. Strangely Google maps took us to back side of the parking lot but ensure you go to the front side next to football field -- thats where the shuttle stop is.
John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.
Great way to learn about John Muir and see how he lived when in the bay area. The site is not too big and can be visited in a couple hours, although you can extend your visit by going for a walk on the trails across the highway. You can walk through the main house by yourself, or join the ranger led tour at specific times.
Love it! If you are a fan of John Muir, California History, or the history of Yosemite, you have to take a visit to the Muir house. You can go inside the house and all the way upstairs into the bell tower for a nice view. There is good clean bathrooms, not too much walking, and a good informational shop.
Tim Sams Travel USA
Live Life Today, Travel USA!!!! To visit John Muirs National Historical Home in Martinez California. Go all the way to the top to ring the bell. Their is other buildings and another museum to enjoy. I recommend to see the short movie first. Dont forget to support the visitors center on the way out.
Si te interesa saver de la Naturalesa y la historia de muchos arboles Frutales y sus orijenes, Este es el lugar indicado..pB)
Absolutely amazing! Beautiful. Stunningly and realistically captures life from another era. So much to see and partake in. Tours are a must do! Be prepared for a few flights of stairs and a bit of a walk around the awesome property.
If you are interested in John Muir, or ( Martinez) historical sites this is a must see. You can tour the house and the grounds, though some rooms are blocked so you can only see the display. Fun for a local trip
Terrifically well-done small museum of Americas first environmentalist, filled with mementos and history. Be sure to go all the way up to the attic to take in the views and the additional displays there.
Its a cool place to go and visit. The best time to go is on Earth Day because they have a Free Open House with a lot a booths that give out a lot of free stuff.
Great historic site - see where John Muir and his family lived. Tour the orchard. Not crowded and great walking and hiking. Free admission. Friendly staff.
Wonderful finding out about martinz history with John Muir our founding father of national parks .I never knew how many we managed influenced his life
Great place, friendly staff, free to enter, dont forget to ring the bell in the tower and check out the attic, overall its highly recommended
So fun learning about the man that started the National parks and it is free!!! A wonderful place to take the family then have a pic nic
An interesting museum and house. Definitely worth watching the short video they have playing. A good way to spend a couple of hours.
My sister and niece were visiting from Wales and we had the best afternoon there. Loved the energy, history and the shop.
What a cool place and free to visit. Plenty of parking. Head to the top floor and ring the bell and check out the view.
Visited John Muir National Historic Site as part of my sons cub scouts outing. Would love to visit it again.
Tucked away. Nice tour. The Park Service encourages you to pick fruit from trees for personal consumption!
Such a fun place to explore! There are fruit trees all over that you can pick. Bring the kids and your
Love this historical gem. Our Nation owes this man for the preservation of our American Wilderness.
Really neat place the grounds are beautiful and the architecture is amazing and the history too.