Together with a connecting nature trail system, the Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park provides a basic introduction to the primary features of the area, including giant sequoias, meadows, and human history. The museum has excellent interactive exhibits on giant sequoia ecology and tells the story of how this area grew into a bustling visitor resort hub. A gift shop with maps, books, postcards, and other gift items is located inside the museum. Free ranger-led programs may be offered daily in summer and on weekends during the winter.
The Giant Forest Grove of sequoia trees includes some of the world's largest trees, including the largest, the General Sherman Tree. Self-guiding trails lead from the museum to Round Meadow and Hazelwood areas. Many other trails are available in the Giant Forest area of the park. Hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing may be done in the area, depending upon season.
The museum is housed in the historic market building, in the Giant Forest sequoia grove at 6,500 feet (1,980m) elevation. It is 16 miles (26km) from Sequoia National Park's entrance at Highway 198.
The grove is open year-round. The museum may be closed in winter. Check park website for more info.
Daylight hours - Check website for current status.
The museum is free, but an entrance fee is required to enter the park. Entrance for 1-7 days costs $20 per vehicle (private, non-commercial) or $10 per person on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or in a bus.
During the summer, visitors may park and take a free shuttle from the Giant Forest Museum to the General Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow, and Wolverton, as well as other attractions in the area, including a visitor center and campground at Lodgepole, Dorst Campground, and the Wuksachi Lodge.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The Giant Forest Museum has an accessible restroom inside. Many of the exhibits in the museum are interactive and accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are allowed 100 feet from roads in developed areas (picnic areas, campgrounds, and roads) but are not permitted on any trails within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Where allowed, pets must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet in length. Never leave pets in cars when it is warm, or they overheat quickly. Pets must not be left unattended in the parking area or in vehicles.