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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What's Happening

The following businesses & organizations support the museum.   

We encourage you to support them!


Alta One Federal Credit Union

The Bakersfield Californian

Beta Sigma Phi - Laureate Iota Omega

Beta Sigma Phi - Preceptor Xi Eta

Betty B’s Justin Tyme

Carmel Stamp & Coin, Carmel, CA

Chuck Richards’ Whitewater

Click Realty

Confederation of California Historical Societies

Cracked Egg Café

Crane’s Waste Oil

Creighton Farm

The Drug Store

Edward Jones Financial

Farmers Insurance - Kellee Scott

The Fly Guy - Rob Keller

Golden State Surplus

Havilah Historical Society & Museum

Historical Society of the Upper Mojave       Desert, Ridgecrest CA

Johnny McNally’s 


Keepers of the Kern

Kelly Hampton Farm, Earlimart

Kern County Historical Society

Kern County Museum Foundation

Kern River Radio

Kern Riverfront Lodge

Kern Valley Asphalt Service

Kern Valley Auto Body

Kern Valley Sun

Kernville Chamber of Commerce

KRV Art Association

KRV Chamber of Commerce

KRV Elks

KRV Heritage Foundation 

KRV Library

KRV Women’s Club

L & M Lumber

Lake Isabella Precision Tax - M. Dake

The Lodge at Painted Rock

Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest CA

Mike Morgan Welding

Monica O’Brien Realty

The Motherlode

Mountain & River Adventures

Paradise Cove Lodge

Phyllis Hix, Attorney/Antiques

Piazza’s Pinecone Inn

Rankin Ranch

Rebecca Starr-Harris, Realtor

Rita D’Angelo Real Estate

Sherry Connelly Vining, Attorney

Sienna Wellness

Sierra Gateway Market

Sierra South

Silver City Ghost Town

St. Sherrian Episcopal Church (Sustaining   Member)

Tehachapi Heritage League

Thomas Refuse

Tim’s Auto Glass

Tubatulabal Tribal Council

Valley Excavating

West Kern Oil Museum, Inc.

Westamerica Bank