Visitor Information

Mission & Values

Our volunteers are working hard to deliver the best logging museum experience. Below lists the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Mission and Values.

  • Conveys the history of the logging and lumbering industry as it evolved in the Sierra Nevada Region since the mid 1800s before the discover of gold to the present day
  • Educates visitors about the economic, social, cultural and environmental effects of this industry on the development of communities in the Sierra Nevada.
  • Acts as a resource center for education and historical research.
  • Describes current trends in the Sierra Nevada logging and lumber industry, and the social and economic influences that continue to shape it
  • Keeps the history of the logging industry in the Sierra Nevada region alive so that its historical relevance is not lost.

The Museum is centrally located in the heart of the Sierras, in the community of White Pines, near the town of Arnold on California State Highway 4. The seven-acre site sits on property originally occupied by the historic logging and mill workers’ camp of the Blagen Lumber Company (1938-1962). The Museum sits on a heavily forested hillside above White Pines Lake (elevation 4,000 feet). Ample parking is available at the museum, and the site is accessible year-round, although a heavy snowfall may leave us isolated for a couple days. From December  through the end of March the museum is only open for groups who make arrangements in advance. 

Give us a call — we’ll turn up the thermostat and round up the docents!

Winter Hours

During the winter, the Logging Museum is open by appointment from December through March, only to fairly large groups.  We do this for two reasons — safety on snowy roads for our visitors and docents, and to minimize the cost of heating the museum when visitors are few. We look forward to showing your group  the museum (winter is beautiful at 4,000 feet), but please call 209-795-1226 for reservations.


Fall Colors of White Pines Lake at the Museum