The Kern River Valley Historical Society is celebrating over 50 years of operation! Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. The Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville, next to the Post Office, welcomes visitors to explore our rich history.


49 Big Blue Road
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238

(760) 376-6683


** NOTICE **




10 am to 4 pm
Thursday through Sunday

We are closed on these Holidays:
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Admission is Free

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The Museum Exhibits contain a large assortment of artifacts from the Kern River Valley, our exhibits describe all aspects of life beginning before recorded times when much of the area was under sea waters.

We have exhibits depicting the Native Americans who moved about this area for thousands of years before white settlers arrived.

There are artifacts, of Gold Rush era settlements and their inhabitants, whch define the everyday life of these determined dreamers who followed the lure of precious metals.

We also have exhibits that document the development of a more permanent population of Farmers, Ranchers and Merchants who came to stay, building homes and raising families.

As you walk through our Museum and backyard you will develop a clearer picture of these hard-working hearty people. Who they were, how they lived, worked and played in this beautiful and naturally diverse area.