Historical Museums

Kearney Mansion Museum (Fresno)
The restored home of M. Theo Kearney, the “Raisin King of California,” tells the story of Central California agriculture. The Mansion just celebrated its centennial anniversary and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A wonderful gift shop offers Fresno County historical literature as well as Kearney momentos. Park entrance fee is waived at the gate for Mansion visitors, call or visit website for current hours of operation. 7160 W. Kearney Blvd. Fresno, CA (559) 441-0862

Meux Home Museum (Fresno)
This historic Victorian house was built in 1888 by Dr. T.R. Meux, a Civil War surgeon who became a renowned Fresno area physician. The home has been lovingly restored with furnishings and equipment that portray early Fresno family life. Guided tours are available with a gift shop on the premises. 1007 R St. Fresno, CA (559) 233-8007

Big Dry Creek Historical Museum (Clovis)
The building that houses this museum is equally famous as the site of an historic and daring 1924 bank robbery. The museum itself features the history of Clovis from its logging town roots to the present. Artifacts and photos from the early 1890’s through Clovis’ colorful history. 401 Pollasky Ave. Clovis, CA (559) 297-8033

Heritage of Eagles Air Museum (Eagle Field, Firebaugh)
Located just outside of Firebaugh, CCHM is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Eagle Field Army Air Forces Training Base. Built in 1942, Eagle Field is the lone survivor of what were dozens of USAAF primary flight training fields throughout the country. Nearly one quarter of the field's original buildings survive to this day including the hospital, one of the original hangars, some barracks, and the administration building which is now home to a museum dedicated to Eagle Field and local military history. Eagle Field hosts an annual fly-in of 1940’s era aircraft. 1100 W. Eagle Field Rd. Firebaugh, CA (559) 392-8264

California Memorial Museum (Clovis)
The California Memorial Museum displays hundreds of items donated from the FDNY, NYPD, and Port Authority Police Departments to Pelco president David McDonald following the attacks of Sept.11. This unique collection includes an American Flag flown by the FDNY at Ground Zero, debris recovered at the World Trade Center site, an FDNY firefighter uniform worn during recovery operations, as well as hundreds of photos and other memorabilia. The museum also includes viewing a video summary of the California Memorial dedication event. 3500 Pelco Way Clovis, CA (559) 292-1981

Kingsburg Historical Park (Kingsburg)
Enjoy the City’s Swedish heritage with this museum in park surroundings which includes several historic structures from the area that have been restored and relocated to form a village setting. Tour the 1908 Olson house for a taste of turn-of-the-century Kingsburg family living, and see a medical building, general store, schoolhouse, fire service station, old windmill and covered wagons – along with the recently added firehouse with fire engine. The Olson Brothers Welding Building showcases the engineering ingenuity of the Swedish farmers that founded this area. Hours Monday - Saturday 1:00pm to 4:00pm Sierra St. & Madesen Kingsburg, CA (559) 897-1111

The Veterans Memorial Museum, Home of the Legion of Valor (Fresno)
The only museum in the country dedicated to recipients of the nation’s highest decorations of valor: the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, and the Air Force Cross. The museum houses thousands of items donated by Legion of Valor members. Numerous framed citations, photographs, and exhibits tell the story of America’s wars as seen by individual soldiers, sailors, and airmen. 2425 Fresno St. in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Fresno, CA (559) 498-0510

Millerton Courthouse (Millerton Lake)
The Museum is a restoration of the 1866 courthouse and was the first county seat of Fresno. Millerton Lake Recreation Area, for tour information call California State Parks, San Joaquin Sector Office at (559) 822-2332.

R.C. Baker Memorial Museum (Coalinga)
This unique museum in Coalinga has a wide variety of displays including fossils, American Indian artifacts, Western ranch hand equipment, oil equipment, and a 1924 American La France fire engine. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Coalinga area and has traced the history of Coalinga back hundreds of millions of years. 297 W. Elm Coalinga, CA (559) 935-1914

Reedley Historical Museum (Reedley)
Housed in the building that served as Reedley’s first City Hall, the museum exhibits focus on the social, cultural, educational, and business achievements of the people in the Reedley area. 1752 10th St. Reedley, CA (559) 638-1913

Reedley Opera House (Reedley)
Visit the meticulously restored Reedley Opera House, built in 1903 as the forerunner of today’s multipurpose community center. Restored in 1986, the Opera House is now a cultural arts center dedicated to a wide range of community events and activities including live theater, wine tasting, concerts, art exhibitions and other stage shows and gatherings. The Opera House has been featured in Sunset Magazine and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1720 10th St. Reedley, CA (559) 638-1900

Sanger Depot Museum (Sanger)
This Southern Pacific railroad station is now a museum housing the Brehler collection of Indian baskets, the Sanger Flume and Lumber Exhibit, and replicas of the interior of a Victorian home and turn-of-the-century Sanger. 1700 7th St. Sanger, CA (559) 875-2848