Located in the old Mono Lake schoolhouse at the south end of Hess County Park in Lee Vining, the Mono Basin History Museum showcases artifacts, furniture, maps, equipment, and photographs chronicling the cultural history of the Mono Basin. Inside the museum, displays tell the history of the local Kutzadikaa Paiutes, regional gold mining, Mono Basin homesteads and ranches, schools, resorts, and the town of Lee Vining. Outdoor exhibits feature Nellie Bly O'Bryan's world famous Upside Down House, and farming and mining equipment. 

The Mono Basin Historical Society (MBHS) is a non-profit citizen’s group dedicated to the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the Kutzadikaa Paiute, pioneer, and mining heritage of the Mono Basin.

Museum is open for the 2019 season: Wednesday thru Monday, 10am-4pm. Visit the Pioneer Solar Pavilion next to the museum in Hess Park to see Pioneer family display panels. Be sure to peek in the windows of the Upside Down House!


For more information, please visit or call 760-647-6461

129 Mattly Avenue, PO Box 31, Lee Vining, CA 93541