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Lee Vining, California: Upside Down House

Tourist attraction (1956-1968), created by Nellie Bly OBryan, inspired by children's books. Saved in 2000 and moved here. More like a weathered shed than a house, but it is upside down, along with the explanatory historical plaque.

School House Museum

US Hwy 395, Lee Vining, CA
US Hwy 395, east at Mono Lake Visitors Center. Right at School House Museum. Upside Down house on the right. The house is next to the road, at the corner of 1st St. and Mattly Ave., about a block off of 395.
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Upside Down House.

Upside Down House

The house is open even when the museum is closed. It's possible to step inside. The details are impressive: a cat, a chamber pot near the bed, and an upside-down birdhouse on an outside wall are examples. The sign includes a picture from Nellie Bly's career in silent movies.

[LAHS, 09/14/2022]

Upside Down House.

Upside Down House

It's an upside down house -~ even the signs! Just off 395, easy detour and worth a look!

[Lindsey, 02/13/2021]

Upside Down House.

Upside Down House

I was driving through Lee Vining and stopped at the Mono County Historical Museum. The Upside Down House is on display on the museum's front lawn. It was a nice diversion for the family.

[Brian, 06/19/2015]

Sept. 2017: Photo added.

Upside-down table and chair.

Upside Down House

There's an attention to detail in the Upside Down House: a whole room inside nailed to the ceiling, complete with pots and pans, a bed, chairs, and even a wash basin. Even the dedication plaque is upside down.

[Steve, 01/28/2013]

Upside Down House.

Upside Down House

Bunch of old stuff and, well... an upside down house. It's a little house. A little upside down house with a great view.

[Subachad, 11/19/2012]

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