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.

What's Happening

The Museum displays objects used by the first known inhabitants of the area, the Tubatalabal, whose descendants live here today.


One of the highlights in this exhibit is the rainmaking kit used ceremonially by Tubatulabal chief and shaman, Steban Miranda, who reportedly could make it start or stop raining.