Kern River Valley

Historical Society

The Kern Valley Museum

Within the Museum you'll find a large assortment of artifacts from the Kern River Valley.

Our museum has grown steadily since its inception in 1967. It began in a small room in the Chamber of Commerce building. It is now a 3,100 square foot facility.

The museum depicts the history of the Kern River Valley.

Displays include:

  • Our pre-history,
  • Our gold mining history,
  • The transition to farming and ranching,
  • Our local Native Americians,
  • Our movie making past,
  • The Edison Company's three power plants,
  • The Chinese presence,
  • Local businesses in the early 1900's,
  • and Our map room that shows the geologic history, recreational opportunities, and old historical maps of the area.

Through the extraordinary and proud history of local Native Americans, the resilient gold miners, hardy loggers and pioneering ranchers, with colorful places such as Keysville, Onyx, Johnsondale, Whiskey Flat, and Kernville - the Kern River Valley Historical Society educates all generations about our past as well as present.

Admission to our Museum is Free - Donations Welcome.



"The folks did a great job of showing the history and culture of Kern County. The exhibits are well done and informative. Recommended!"

Mark Kitson
Google Reviewer

Photo of the front of the museum