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Adventures beckon in foothills of eastern 209

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Adventures beckon in foothills of eastern 209

A fierce-looking bobcat is one of the many attractions on display in the Groveland Museum.


POSTED April 28, 2012 1:37 a.m.

GROVELAND — While Yosemite National Park is the tourist-attraction star player in the region, there are myriads of visitors’ destinations that are just satisfying, visually and otherwise, just as outside of the ancient granites’ gates.

One such attraction, which provides a lot of educational history of the area, sits literally at the foot of Yosemite and just a few minutes from the Highway 120 entrance to the park. That’s the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum which shares space in the same building with the Groveland Branch Library.

Bookworms will love the co-existing marriage of museum and library. Before or after visiting the museum exhibits, they can stop by the library and browse through the books being sold as a fund-raiser by the Friends of the Library. The books are located in a downstairs room and are arranged in categories just like at the library. The wide collection of books for sale rivals that of some used-book stores making shopping a delight to avid readers and collectors.

While relatively small in comparison to other museums, the Groveland Museum is just as chock-full of visual displays and historical materials and publications that help introduce important highlights of the area in terms of its history and geological formation.

Among the attractive displays are such wild animals native to the area as a bear and a bobcat that would delight both children and adults. A collection of antique bottles that have been unearthed from the area gives not just a visual glimpse of life in the pioneer days but vignettes of the area’s history as well.

Among the best museum attractions though are not indoors. As you go up the walkway to the museum and library, for example, you will find on both sides of the concrete walkway a collection of various rocks found in the area such as cinnabar. Each rock specimen is tagged with the name of the rock plus background information about its source and nature.

A number of outdoor displays showcasing life in the olden days also dot the grounds outside the museum and library.

Just a short walking distance away are shopping and dining destinations in downtown Groveland which adds to the convenience of the museum and library’s location.

The Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum and Groveland Branch Library is located at 18990 Highway 120. For further details, call (209) 962-0300 or log on to


209 staff reporter


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