The Kern River Valley Historical Society has been in operation for over 40 years. Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. To achieve these goals we have established the Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville next to the Post Office.

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Featured in the Art Gallery - Peter G. Buchan

Chopstick Drip Painting



During the month of January, the Museum Gallery will feature the art of Peter Buchan. His work is based upon the Chopstick Drip Painting technique he developed about 12 years ago.

Harnessing the power of gravity, he drips oil-based enamel paint from chopsticks onto wood, a system of gravity and imperfection. He has chosen to use this (unruly) paint in an unconventional approach, creating mostly figurative works that push drip painting beyond its confines of abstract expressionism.

The synergy of paint & gravity has allowed him to create a hybrid art form that coalesces the seemingly contradictory worlds of Jackson Pollock and Bob Ross.

There will be a reception for Mr. Buchan on THURSDAY, January 12th from 4-6pm at the museum...

The Kern Valley Museum houses artifacts from prehistoric times to the present.  We have a large geological and fossil exhibit, mining and ranching artifacts, an interactive history of the Edison hydroelectric plants, exhibits of the movie-making history of the area and construction of the Isabella Dam.

There are thousands of photographs of the early settlers, miners, cowboys and Indians.

Our wonderful back porch and yard are home for a 1925 Graham Truck, covered wagon and the Stagecoach John Wayne rode while filming scenes of “Stagecoach” in our Valley.

We also have a giant stamp mill used to render gold-bearing ore to powder, a working assay office, blacksmith shop and a restored and furnished 100 year old cabin.

In the 1850’s, Gold Fever gripped the nation. The Kern River Valley was part of the gold rush that spurred the westward migration of fortune seekers who became ranchers, farmers and merchants when the gold played out.

The Museum stands rich in history.  Come and discover the treasures it holds!




49 Big Blue Road
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-6683
10 am - 4 pm
Thursday - Sunday

Admission is Free

We are closed:
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

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