The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Kearney Mansion Museum Public Tours

M. Theo Kearneyís Private Office, Superintendentís Lodge, 1903. Visitors to the site museum view this room much as it appears in this photo.
Reception Room, Superintendentís Lodge, 1903.


Bring your family and friends to the Kearney Historic Site for a guided tour that provides a glimpse of the San Joaquin Valley's agricultural beginnings through the life and times of M. Theo Kearney - a California ag pioneer who came to be known as the Raisin King.   Tour the turn-of-the-century ranch manager's residence (known as the Superintendent’s Lodge) that was part of the ranch headquarters of Kearney’s Fruit Vale Estate. Experience the grounds of Kearney's 1890s landscape  - now a public park, perfect for a family picnic or leisurely walk.  The hour-long tour of the Superintendent’s Lodge includes a visit to the Museum Store.


Public Tour Hours

Saturday & Sunday

1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm

NOTE: On October 22 & 23, 2016, the Kearney Mansion Museum will be open for tours during the Civil War Revisited Event. Admission to the event is required and  there is an additional $5 admission per person to tour the Museum. Please see event schedule for tour hours. 

Schedule may change due to park events or tour guide availability. Please call (559) 441-0862 to confirm times.

Please note Kearney Mansion Museum is located in the center of Kearney Park. The park is administered by the County of Fresno.

The County charges a $5.00 vehicle fee for entrance into the park

Kearney Mansion Museum Admission Fees

Adults $5
Seniors (60 & up) $4
Students (13-17 or with ID) $4
Children (3-12) $3
Free for Historical Society members and children under the age of 3.


Disabled Visitors

Due to the historic nature of the house museum, the second floor is not accessible for disabled guests. A photo album of the second floor is available for viewing.  Please note: The wheelchair lift is not operable at this time. Please call (559) 441-0862 to check on the status of the repair. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


NOTICE: Portrait Photographers. As of March 1, 2016,  there is a $10 portrait/photography sitting fee for every 30 minutes of use for exterior photography. This includes the Kearney Mansion Museum porch, grounds and out buildings surrounding Kearney Mansion Museum. Please come to the office (located behind Kearney Mansion) or see the Museum tour guide on weekends to pay your fee prior to use.  Please Note: there will be restoration work on the Kearney Mansion porch during August through early October 2016, so portions of the porch may not be available. Please call (559) 441-0862 during business hours to inquire about space availability. 

Last Updated Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:52 AM.