• Upside-Down House - Lee Vining, California

      upside down house
      Photo by Dennis Goza
      Though known primarily as the "Gateway to Yosemite", the quaint town of Lee Vining has its own charms. The Mono Basin History Museum, located in a picturesque old schoolhouse with antique machinery on the grounds, sits next to the Upside-Down House, which was inspired by a couple of children's stories. It was built by silent movie actress Nellie Bly O'Brien, a longtime resident of the area. While it looks rather unassuming on the outside, the furnished interior is rather more impressive. Yes, you can go in. No, you don't have to walk on your hands.

      If you go:
      The museum and house are open for tours only from mid-May to October, but they can be easily photographed any time. Suggested donation of 2 dollars for admission. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


      First Street and Mattly Avenue
      Lee Vining, California 93541 USA

      Mailing address:
      Mono Basin Historical Society
      P.O. Box 31
      Lee Vining, CA 93541 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Mono Basin Historical Society
      +1 (760) 647-6461