We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Small but interesting museum and grounds

I visited the museum recently. It's located in an old schoolhouse a short distance from the main... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
Oakland, California
Small but fantastic

This Museum and old school house is tiny but it's fantastic. It has some great local artifacts... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
San Francisco
via mobile
Read all 8 reviews
All photos (8)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good50%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“old school”(2 reviews)
“mining”(4 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
129 Mattley Ave, Lee Vining, CA 93541
+1 760-647-6461
Reviews (8)
Filter reviews
8 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews upside down house old school mining schoolhouse equipment museum mono basin exhibits park area
Updating list...
Reviewed 24 July 2018

I visited the museum recently. It's located in an old schoolhouse a short distance from the main street through Lee Vining. The grounds feature old farming and mining equipment, plus the "Upside Down House" that was built in the 1950s - it's meant to be...More

Thank roadtrip_ken_2017
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This Museum and old school house is tiny but it's fantastic. It has some great local artifacts. Free of charge but there is a tiny little gift shop if you want to spend some money. If you're in the area, this little museum is a...More

Thank 7,268
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Nice to stroll through this park eating an Ice Cream from Mono Cone just across the road. The place is well cared for and some great examples of how work used to be done.

Thank someyawhoo
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Went here and saw some vintage mining equipment and farming tools. What we really enjoyed though was the upside down house...literally a house built upside down...pretty cute and amazing. A fun stop.

1  Thank mrt1955
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The mono basin museum is housed in a small building but the more interesting artifacts are arranged in an open field adjacent to the building. These tell the story of some of the mining activities that led to the growth of the town. This is...More

Thank Joseph D
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We were greeted by docent Pam who gave us a short history of the Historical Society. One of the rooms had a marvelous collection of Indian artifacts with beautiful beaded bowls and paintings along with many other items made by the Paiute Indians.

Thank WalkerBasinMimi
Reviewed 3 May 2016

We visited the Mono Basin Historical Society Museum. There is the historic school house to see. There are also exhibits to see outside such as the Upside Down House mining equipment and more. It is adjacent to Hess Park.

1  Thank mini
Reviewed 14 June 2015

While wandering around in Lee Vining looking for a place to eat , we stumbled upon this museum with the Upside Down House. We went inside the Old School House Museum and talked to the staff. They were very friendly and helpful! They gave us...More

2  Thank Brian R
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 nearby hotels
El Mono Motel
391 reviews
.18 miles away
Yosemite Gateway Motel
277 reviews
.22 miles away
Lake View Lodge
686 reviews
.30 miles away
Tioga Pass Resort
71 reviews
8.27 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 12 nearby restaurants
Epic Cafe
212 reviews
.36 miles away
Latte Da Coffee Cafe
172 reviews
.17 miles away
Tioga Gas Mart & Whoa Nellie Deli
788 reviews
.90 miles away
Mono Cone
143 reviews
.08 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 17 nearby attractions
Mono Lake Committee
133 reviews
.21 miles away
Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center
263 reviews
.54 miles away
20 Lakes Basin Loop
5 reviews
4.30 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Mono Basin Historical Society staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines