John Muir National Historic Site

John Muir National Historic Site

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John Muir National Historic Site

California

(925) 228-8860

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Overview

The John Muir National Historic Site preserves the 14-room mansion where the naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 to his death in 1914. While living in Martinez, Muir accomplished many things: he battled to prevent Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley from being dammed, served as the first president and one of the founders of the Sierra Club, played a prominent role in the creation of several national parks, and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and several books expounding on the virtues of conservation and the natural world. Muir's work laid the foundations for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. The Muir house and historic Martinez adobe became part of the National Park Service in 1964. In 1992, Mt. Wanda was added to the Site. The 325-acre tract of oak woodland and grassland was historically owned by the Muir family. Visitors can walk through orchards, take moon walks, enjoy wildflowers and wildlife, take a self-guided or guided tour of the estate and surrounding buildings.

Map of John Muir

Latitude, Longitude: 37.991349, -122.131306

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Start with an orientation to the site at the visitor center, and enjoy the twenty minute biographical film of Muir's life,"A Glorious Journey". It is shown on demand throughout the day. Restrooms and a bookstore are also located in the visitor center. The Muir Home is available for self guided tours from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Public tours are available at 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends. Please call (925) 228-8860 to organize group tours.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed. The estate has nine-acres of fruit orchards that are available for guests to sample when in fruition.

Directions

Driving

From San Francisco travel eastbound I-80 to eastbound Highway 4. Exit at Alhambra Avenue, turning left at bottom of the ramp. Cross beneath highway; Site is immediately on your left.

From San Jose, take I-680 northbound or (From Sacramento) southbound I-680 to Highway 4 westbound. Exit at Alhambra Ave. Turn right at bottom of ramp; Site is located immediately on your left.

Flying

Both Oakland and San Francisco International Airports provide access to the area.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation - Contra Costa County Connection Route #116 stops at John Muir National Historic Site. The bus operates Monday through Saturday and connects with the Martinez AMTRAK station and the BART stations in Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek. Contact County Connection at 925-676-7500 or click on the link to County Connection for specific schedule information.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(925) 228-8860

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