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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Enter our Morro Bay Get Away for Two Adventure by purchasing raffle tickets at the Kern Valley Museum.

If you win, you will get two nights stay at the lovely Marina Street Inn Bed and Breakfast in Morro Bay. 



You will also get to enjoy dinner for two at Dorn’s Original Breaker Café in Morro Bay.



Plus, you will delight in a tour of Hearst Castle...



The entire package can be arranged so that you can go when you want to, not just during the off season.  The winning ticket for the Morro Bay Get Away for Two Adventure will be drawn on December 5, 2014.  So take a chance, tickets are only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. 

Stop by the museum at 49 Big Blue Road, next to the post office, in Kernville, California, or mail us a check made out to the Kern River Valley Historical Society.  Our mailing address is KRV Historical Society, P.O. Box 651, Kernville, California 93238. You do not need to be present to win.  Make sure you send to us your name, address, and phone number.  We will fill out the tickets, put them in our drawing, and mail the ticket stubs to you. We will call you if you win.


Don't miss out on this exciting raffle.

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!