Last updated: 12/8/2011
Kernville, California
Street Address
49 Big Blue Road
Kernville, CA 93238
Mailing Address
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238
phone: 760-376-6683
Sunday, Thursday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Ron Bolyard, Persident
phone: 760-376-6683
Butch Partin, Curator
phone: 760-376-6683

The Kern Valley Museum houses artifacts from prehistory to the present. We have a large geological and fossil exhibit, mining and ranching artifacts, history of the Edison hydroelectric plants, building of the Isabella Dam and exhibits of the movie making history of the area. 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 on 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 150 year old cabin just to list a few of the items that draw over 12,000 visitors annually.


The Kern River Valley Historical Society has been in operation for over 40 years. Our mission is to preserve and communicate the history of this region. Without us there would be no focal point for the preservation of our rich and colorful history and heritage.

Artifact Collections

Historical Documents, photographs, Native American artifacts, fossil & geological exhibit, farm & ranch, electrification and dam building history, lumber milling, and gold mining, cattle brand collection, fully outfitted assay office and country store, much more.

Educational Programs

Docent led tours for individuals and groups. And a 3 day History Days event with demonstrations of many pioneer crafts & skills, music dutch oven cooling and refreshments.


Kern River Valley Historical Society


Access: Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


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