Yosemite History Center

A bright red horse-drawn stage exits and old wooden covered bridge.

Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Recycling, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Go back to a time of horse-drawn wagons, a covered bridge, and log cabins. A visit to the Pioneer Yosemite History Center explores Yosemite's history and explains how Yosemite was the inspiration for national parks across America and around the world.

The Yosemite History Center consists of historic structures from different eras of Yosemite history. Originally constructed in different locations throughout Yosemite, they were moved to Wawona in the 1950s and 1960s. As you walk among them, it is important to remember that the area does not represent a village. Instead, each building represents a different chapter in the Yosemite story.

Blacksmith demonstrations, horse-drawn stage rides (fee), and other interpretive programs are available throughout the summer.

See the Wawona section in the latest Yosemite Guide for dates and hours of operation.

The Yosemite History Center is always open and informational signs are found in front of each building.

Getting Here:
Access the complex by parking in the Wawona Store and Pioneer Gift Shop parking lot, located on the Wawona Road (Highway 41), near the Wawona Hotel.

Paths within the complex have a dirt surface. An accessible restroom is located near the parking lot. There is no designated accessible parking. Parking near the Wawona Store and Pioneer Gift Shop provides the best access; the paved route includes a portion with an 8.1% slope.

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Last updated: January 4, 2022