Mono Basin History Museum

Old Schoolhouse And Upside Down House

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. 

Officers: President David Carle, Vice-President Cole Hawkins, Secretary Ellen and Duncan King, Treasurer Chris Lizza, Historian Linda LaPierre.   Museum Manager and Membership Coodinator: John Warneke.  Use the "contact us" link to reach us via this webpage.

Historical Society meetings are held the first Monday of each month, usually at the Lee Vining Community Center. Potluck dinners and short business meetings are always followed by special programs presented by historians or authors. Select New Events in the header to read about our upcoming and past presentations.

Glance through our blog to learn about local history topics. See the new September post from Carolyn about where our museum visitors come from.

Want to know more about our Upside Down House?
Visit our Outdoor Exhibits page!

Huell Howser Visits the Upside Down House

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 this 2 minute edited version!