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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School & Group Tours


(Note: Home Schools and Online Schools - See Group Tours below)

Bring your class for a visit to one of the San Joaquin Valley’s most significant historic sites.  It’s a site that helps tell the story of the development of agriculture in the Valley and California’s immigration story.  Come and explore with your students a remarkable piece of regional and California history!  Visit and:

Experience a one-room school house in the Carriage House Education Center complete with 120-year-old school desks - one for each student, 20 maximum. These desks fit smaller children around 3rd grade level.

Explore household objects from the 1809s - a rug beater, curling iron, butter bowl & paddle, wash board, game of nine-pins - through a hands-on “History Detective” activity.

Tour the 114-year-old Kearney MansionThe historic ranch manager’s house served as the headquarters for Kearney’s 5,000-acre raisin estate and is located in historic Kearney Park  - a perfect setting to have a picnic lunch after our class tour!

Learn about the agricultural beginnings of California’s San Joaquin Valley through the story of one of California’s agricultural pioneers --- M. Theo Kearney.

Visit Fresno of the 1890s through photographs that feature children growing up in late 19th century America illustrating how they dressed, the toys they played with, the school experience.  Lead students to compare and contrast their lives in the 21st century with how boys and girls lived in the early years of Fresno’s history.

A field trip to Kearney Mansion Museum

meets California Social Science Standards

3.1 (2)    2.3 (2 and 3)     3.4 (3)


School Tour Fees*

$4 per student     $6 per adult chaperone   1 teacher per classroom is free

*Christmas prices may vary, see below.


Tour Schedule 

Tuesdays – Fridays           Tours at 9:30AM, 10:30 AM & 11:30 AM    Allow 2 hours per 40 students

(subject to tour guide availability) 


To Book A Tour

Call the Historical Society office at 559-441-0862 and ask for the museum tour coordinator or email 



Make Kearney a destination for your group!  Come out with friends or colleagues for a glimpse of the San Joaquin Valley’s beginnings.  Learn about early Valley agriculture through the life and times of M. Theo Kearney, a California ag pioneer.  Tour a turn-of-the-century ranch manager’s house with great examples of late 19th century residential interiors. Experience the grounds of Kearney’s 1890s landscape.  The hour-long tour includes a visit to the Ranch Kitchen/Museum Store and additional time can be used to visit the teacher-led Carriage House activity.

Group Tour Schedule by Appointment

Tuesdays – Fridays            Tours at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM &  2:30 PM

(subject to tour guide availability, times flexible)

Saturdays - Sundays 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00 pm with public tours (no reservation required for groups under 10)

Group tours may be scheduled to accommodate an organization’s needs but are subject to tour guide availability. A minimum of 10 guests is required or minimum of $60 must be met. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance, and a minimum, non-refundable deposit of $60 or 1/2 tour fee which ever is greater must be received approximately two weeks before the tour date. Groups under 10 visitors are encouraged to join our regular public tours on Saturdays or Sundays at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Group tours during public tour hours at Christmas time or other special events must pay prevailing entrance fees.

Tour Fees*

$6 per adult (including teacher/group leader)       

$5 per senior (62 and above)/student 7th grade and over

$4 per student 6th grade and under/child (no minimum age)

Park entrance fee: $5 per car

*Christmas prices may vary, and weekend tour fees may be greater than special group tour rates. Please see below for Christmas rates.

To Book A Tour

Call the Historical Society office at 559-441-0862 and ask for the museum tour coordinator or email

Last Updated Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 09:46 AM.