Bring your family and friends to the Kearney Historic Site inside of Kearney Park 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 - an agricultural pioneer who came to be known as the Raisin King of California.
Tour the turn-of-the-20th century Kearney Mansion Museum (also known as the Superintendent’s Lodge) that was the ranch headquarters of Kearney’s Fruit Vale Estate. Experience the grounds of Kearney's 1890s landscape - perfect for a family picnic or leisurely walk. The hour-long tour of the Superintendent’s Lodge includes a visit to our newly opened Gallery and the Ranch Kitchen.
HOURS & PRICING
Available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
at 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM.
Children 5 to 12 years: $8.00
Children 4 and under: FREE
*A cash only, $5.00 per vehicle parking fee will be collected at the park entrance when you arrive.
Advance Reservations are encouraged.
Closed on select holidays and for exhibition installations.
Guided Tour schedule is subject to change
PRIVATE GROUP TOURS
Private tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment only.
Includes: Free admission to Kearney Park, a docent-led tour of the Kearney Mansion Museum and access to the Gallery featuring a rotating exhibition of objects, photos and ephemera from the Society Archives.
$8.00 per guest. You will be required to pay a 50% advance deposit at the time of booking.
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Bring your class on a field trip to the Kearney Mansion Museum and Gallery.
$8.00 per student and/or chaperone. Teacher and one chaperone are admitted free of charge.
You will be required to pay a 50% advance deposit at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.
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Fresno County Historical Society features a Gallery on the first floor of the Servants' Quarters at the Kearney Mansion Museum. The space presents exhibitions that tell the story of our region through photographs and objects housed in the Society's Archives and on loan from partner organizations throughout Fresno County.
Exhibitions change quarterly. The Gallery is open for viewing as part of the Kearney Mansion Museum Tour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
or click here >>> for a special Gallery Only appointment.
Our Current Exhibit in the Gallery at Kearney Mansion is a very special collection contains artifacts that have been hidden away in the Fresno County Historical Society Archive for more than five decades. With the partnership of the Chinese American Museum Project and the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association we are excited to present From China to Fresno: A 150-Year Cultural Journey. Gallery viewing is included at the end of Kearney Mansion Museum Tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays or guests may choose a Gallery Only Visit when booking with us. Private Group Tours are also available by appointment only.
Gottschalks: The Store That Cares…
That is how Gottschalks founder, Emil Gottschalk, described the business and the legacy that was Gottschalks Department Stores. Emil opened his first store in the heart of Downtown Fresno in 1904, a time in our history in which Fresno was beginning to boom. This exhibit is an homage to the nostalgia the Gottschalks legacy has left behind in the hearts and memories of former customers, employees, and the communities in which the stores called home.
In honor of this iconic business, the Fresno County Historical Society presents to you this heartfelt tribute to the Gottschalks legacy with special thanks to the Blum family for their valued contributions to this exhibit.
The Gallery is open for viewing as part of the Kearney Mansion Museum Tour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM or by special appointment.
Fields of Fresno: A Century in the Soil, presents historical images that illustrate the roots of farming and ranching in the Valley from the late 1800s and beyond. Guests will be able to take trip through time as they are immersed inside of images from the archives of the Fresno County Historical Society and famed photographer, Pop Laval.
The Doctor Is In: Early Medicine in Fresno County
February 2022 - September 2022
Enjoy this exhibit of artifacts and photographs featuring some of the earliest medical treatments and practices in Fresno County. Walk through the history of medicine from the late 1890s through the 1960s. Learn about our first hospitals and doctors, understand medical practices of the time and see first hand many of the tools of the trade that doctors, dentists and pharmacists used to treat the ill and injured more than 100 years ago.
This exhibit was made possible by:
Fashionable Fresno: Styles from 1910 to the 1930s
April 2021 - November 2021
Enjoy this exhibition of clothing and accessories along with photographs of early models, store window displays from as early at 1914 and newspaper ads selling the latest fashions to Fresno County's ladies. The story of what we wore 100 years ago and the adornments that we selected tells us so much about who we were and who we are now. Don't miss this glimpse into history, visit today.
Fresno's Early Mayors: Perspectives from the Past
February 2020 - September 2020
Fresno has a history of colorful leadership with a list of early mayors who each put their mark on our City and helped to shape the future that we are living today.
In partnership with the Pop Laval Foundation, the Fresno County Historical Society presents a photo retrospective of the influential leaders who served the City.
The exhibit also features original letters sent to mayors and other ephemera including the personal scrapbooks kept by three of our top officials.
Celebrate the Season:
A Photographic Exhibition from the Pop Laval Collection
December 1, 2019 to January 3, 2020
Within his vast collection of work, Pop Laval captured the joy of Christmas and documented the traditions of the holiday in stunning detail.
From raucous snow play to classic Christmas morning photos, Pop made each image come to life.
Because of his visionary work, we can step back in time and enjoy a nostalgic celebration.