The Mono Basin Historical Society
Mono Basin History Museum/Old Schoolhouse
Mono Basin Historical Society, PO Box 31, Lee Vining, CA 93541
760 647-6461, EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org or to the President of the Historical Society
On Mattly Avenue, adjacent to Hess Park, in Lee Vining (behind the CalTrans yard)
THE MUSEUM IS OPEN FROM MID-MAY THROUGH EARLY OCTOBER
HOURS: 10 to 4 PM; Sundays 12 to 4; closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Donations and membership dues keep our doors open and help us maintain exhibits.
Suggested donation when visiting the museum: $2/adult (persons over 13).
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Located in Mono Lake's Old Schoolhouse, this museum displays both the commonplace and delightfully odd artifacts, photographs, books, maps and equipment chronicling the cultural history of the Mono Basin. Outside exhibits feature Nellie Bly's legendary Upside-Down House, along with farming and mining equipment. Inside the museum see Native American artifacts, gold mining implements and the wheel of the Venita, the Tour Boat that operated on Mono Lake in the 1930s.
History of the Upside-Down House
The Upside-Down House was created by Nellie Bly O'Bryan (1893–1984), visionary, entrepreneur, and long time resident of the Mono Basin. Originally located along US-395 north of the Tioga Lodge, it was inspired by two children's stories—“Upside Down Land” and “The Upsidedownians.” Upon her death in 1984, the Upside-Down House fell into disrepair until it was rescued and moved to its current site in October 2000. The house became Mono County's first “man-made” tourist attraction in 1956.
In 2009, Huell Howser's California Gold television series shown on PBS channels featured the Upside-Down House in a show titled “Places I've Wanted to Go.” Watch a 2 minute edited version at Huell Howser visit to Upside Down House on YouTube Visit www.calgold.com to order a dvd.