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. 

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 113-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)


Tour Fees

$4 per student     $5 per adult chaperone   teachers are free


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 



(including Home Schools and Online Schools)

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.

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 12)

Group tours may be scheduled to accommodate an organization’s needs but are subject to tour guide availability. A minimum of 12 guests is required. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance, and a minimum, non-refundable deposit of $60 must be received approximately two weeks before the tour date. Groups under 12 visitors are encouraged to join our regular public tours on Saturdays or Sundays at 1, 2 or 3 pm. 


Tour Fees*

$5 per adult         

$4 per senior (60 yrs and above)    

$4 per student (13 yrs – 17 yrs  or with valid student ID)

$3 per child  (3 - 12 yrs.)

Free for children under 3 

Park entrance fee: $5 per car

*Christmas prices may vary

To Book A Tour

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


Groups under 12 may join weekend tours

 Subject to weekend Christmas prices

$10 adults/$8 Seniors/$6 Students & Children

Schools & Home Schools discount see below

CLICK HERE for December 2016 weekend tour days & hours

Last Updated Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 09:22 AM.