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Upcoming Events

 

 

 

"The Cost Of Freedom"

Exhibit

Honoring The Veterans Of Our

Past And Present 

May 3rd - June 14th, 2014

 

Ghost Tour

June 7th, 2014

 

The Gold Rush Is Back!

Pan for Real Gold

June 7th-27th, 2014

and

July 5th-31st, 2014

Museum Admission will be $1 for all

during this special event

 

 

4th of July Fireworks Booth

June 28th-July 4th, 2014 9am-11pm

Our booth this year will be located in the

99¢ Store and Wells Fargo Parking Lot.

  

Please See our Events or Special Events tabs for more information

 

 

 

 

Honor Flight Program Applications for

Volunteers, Guardians, and Veterans

now available here at the Museum

 

 

 

 

The Museum, which was established in 1965, is housed in the old Southern Pacific depot, constructed in 1913.

 

The Museum is a historical walk throughout time: containing some of the region's finest examples of Yokuts and other American Indian artifacts, items used by the first pioneers and settlers to the region, and snapshots of various time periods throughout the past 100 years.  A large oil painting of a stagecoach by a Porterville High School student dominates the main room.  The sizable collection of decorative arts and crafts include china, dolls, quilts, and more. 

 

The museum also has a local reputation for its display of trains during the holiday season (please see the "Spotlight" tab for photos).  We also have temporary displays that alternate throughout the year.

 

Frank "Buck" Shaffer is honored by an exhibit which features a life-size manikin and memorabilia from his 37 years as director of the Porterville High School Band and the Fabulous Studio Band.  It is located in the Music Room.

 

A military mini-exhibit is tucked in the old waiting arcade. It features memorabilia from those who have served our country from the Civil War to the present day, but with a greater emphasis on World War II.



Mission Statement 
 
Preserving the history and culture of Southern Tulare County, making it available to the public and to local school students.


Children             
        

Each year,  hundreds 

of school children are given tours of the museum.  Arrangements can be made in advance for special tours and large groups.

 Porterville Historical Museum


257 North D Street
Porterville, CA 93257
Phone: (559) 784 - 2053 
Fax: (559) 784 - 4009
E-mail address: phm@pvilleca.com

 
 Hours of operation:
 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
 
Summer Hours 
(June 1 to September 30)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
 
Donations Of 
$5.00 for Adults
$1.00 for Students
Children 6 and under are Free.