Change In Park Schedule
Starting on Monday, April 22nd, 2013, the John Muir National Historic Site will be operating under new days and hours. We will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. The press release regarding change in operating hours can be downloaded at link. More »
Things To Do
Begin your exploration of John Muir's life and legacy at the visitor center, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, California. Watch the 20-minute film, A Glorious Journey, to gain an in-depth view of Muir's contributions to conservation. You may explore the house and the grounds on your own. Click here for directions.
Join a ranger or docent-led tour of the first floor of the Strentzel-Muir House Wednesday through Saturday at 2 p.m., with additional 11 a.m. tours on Saturdays. If you'd like a tour of the grounds, please refer to the Cell Phone Tour information below. If you need to schedule a large group tour, please call (925) 228-8860.
Cell Phone Tour of Grounds
The Martinez Adobe, located on the western edge of John Muir's historic orchards, features bilingual exhibits for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Come learn the story of the Anza Expedition, when Spanish Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led 240 men, women and children up the California coast in 1775. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/juba. (Link)
Explore the hills where John Muir hiked with his two daughters, Wanda and Helen. Mount Wanda is open daily sunrise to sunset. Please come prepared, as no water or toilet facilities are available. Pets are permitted on a leash. Bicycles and horses are allowed on fire roads only. To access Mt. Wanda, travel ¼ mile south from the visitor center on Alhambra Avenue to the trail head parking lot next to Franklin Canyon Road. You can find a trail map of Mount Wanda here.
Enjoy a picnic atop Mount Wanda or beneath the shade of redwood and pecan trees in John Muir's historic orchards. It is required for all groups to take any supplies or trash with them when they leave.
Seasonal wildflower walks, bird walks and full moon walks are available on Mt. Wanda. Call the site for more information at: (925) 228-8860.
Children of all ages - and children at heart - can obtain a Junior Ranger activity booklet from the front desk. Complete the booklet to earn your official Junior Ranger badge!
Did You Know?
John Muir's father-in-law, Dr. John Strentzel, came to California in the Gold Rush of '49. Already a medical doctor, he became a ferryman, a farmer, a hotel & general store manager, and a winemaker. Dr. Strentzel had exhibited award winning wines as early as 1861.