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The Porterville Historical 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 mannequin 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.


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:

 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.