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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When you leave the main exhibit room via the back door you will find a large collection of historic memorabelia in our Backyard.

Some of the things you can see are a Covered wagon outfitted for the dusty trail across the plains and desert. 

A full size stamp mill, stagecoach, work wagon, a restored and furnished 110 year old cabin, and a restored 1925 Graham Truck that actually runs and starts on the first or second  turn of the crank.

You can visit a working assay office or check out the collection of cattle brands from many of the ranches within a 100 mile radius of the Kern Valley.

Many people don't know or remember that for many years road and directional signs were not made or posted by the government. Many signs were put up by the Automobile Club including stop signs, directional and mileage signs. Our display includes some fine examples of these road signs and they bear the emblem of the Automobile Club.