“giant sequoias, meadows, and human history”
The Giant Forest Museum, together with a connecting nature trail system leading to Round Meadow and vicinity, provides a basic introduction to the primary features of Giant Forest including its giant sequoias, meadows, and human history. The renovation of the historic Giant Forest market building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, began in 1999, and conversion to a museum and visitor center was completed in summer 2001. Designed to serve as the starting point for visits to the grove, the Giant Forest Museum provides visitors the opportunity to learn the story of the giant sequoias and Giant Forest. Self-guiding interpretive trails lead from the museum to the Round Meadow and Hazelwood areas.To support the museum, the Beetle Rock building was retained to serve as a classroom and auditorium for educational purposes, run by the Sequoia Natural History Association. The ranger residence and comfort station join the museum and Beetle Rock Educational Center as the only four buildings retained in Giant Forest.
Lots of parts of the park close down for the winter, but not the Giant Forest Museum! If you're going to check out the Giant Forest Grove (as well you should) stopping here first will really prepare you for what you'll see there-- it may seem like a bunch of big trees, but it's really way more awesome than that!
Lots of educational material to explore at the museum and has a wonderful trail that begins and ends at the museum.
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Giant Forest Museum
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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