805 N. Main St.
Bishop, CA 93514
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Arts & Museums
This lodge is a good place to begin exploring Tuolumne Meadows, the place where John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson conceived the idea of establishing Yosemite National Park. Several easy walks in the area will give you a sense of why Muir called the Sierras the "range of light." The lodge, which is staffed by volunteers, has rotating exhibits and special events. For instance, you might find a lecture on Yosemite toads or exhibits exploring Yosemite's future. The museum is open all year; weather and staffing permitting. The museum does not have an admission fee.
One of the oldest in the area, this gallery was founded in 1985. The gallery features works by artists who live in the Sierras. Members of the Guild of Mountain Artists created and operate the gallery. The surprising variety of works include stained glass, metal sculpture and woodcarvings, as well as oil and watercolor paintings. Many of the works reflect the beauty of Yosemite and the Sierra Mountains, but you may also see a modern still life or charming acrylic penguins. In other words, delightful surprises await you here.
Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row is the headquarters for Sierra Art Trails, a non profit run by volunteers whose mission is to support and promote working artists in the Mountain Community. Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row features Stellar Gallery, Stavast Studio Gallery, Williams Gallery West, National Parks Art and Timberline Gallery. You can look through the galleries and find the perfect picture.
Named after famed Yosemite photographer Ansel Adams, this gallery displays many of the artist's well-known works in its permanent collection. On rotating basis, the gallery also shows works by contemporary photographers who focus on the valley. The gallery also offers free weekend camera walks when weather permits (reservations required). The delightful gift shop features not only prints of Adams' work but also videos, Native American crafts, and books about photography as well as the valley. The admission to this gallery is free.
Make this your first stop to discover all the park has to offer. In addition to information about Ranger Programs, bear conditions, location of attractions and other visitor information, the center acts as a sort of gallery, with displays that change each year. For example, you might see an audiovisual presentation on the splendor of the valley, or an exhibit of Native American arts and crafts, or you might even take part in a discussion about future plans for the park. The compound includes an auditorium along with various exhibit spaces.
The Yosemite Valley has long been recognized as one of nature's true wonders. Its beauty has drawn artists from all over the world for well over 100 years. This museum displays a collection of works by such artists, all selected by a jury. The works include a variety of styles and range from old to contemporary. In addition to the paintings, the gallery features historical exhibits, which change from time to time. The museum as a whole gives a good visual sense of Yosemite through the ages.
This shop has an outstanding selection of Native American arts and crafts, drawn mostly, but not exclusively, from the local Miwok and Paiute traditions. These groups are known for their basket weaving, beadwork and traditional games. You will also find a good selection of books about the Miwok and Paiute, as well as book about Yosemite itself. The shop also sells prints of various artworks, along with a good selection of upscale souvenirs and mementos.