Fresno Museums & History

Fresno Museums & HistoryLearn about the history and culture of Fresno at one of its many museums. Fresno's history dates back to 1885, when the railroad community attracted immigrants from all walks of life. You can find evidence of the local, regional and national history at many of the sites throughout the city.

Fresno Art Museum
Since 1948, the Fresno Art Museum has committed itself to cultivating the artistic spirit of the Fresno community. Permanent pieces include donations from local collectors and artists, as well as pieces from around the globe. Visitors of the art museum are welcome to contemplate art, view rotating art exhibits and interact with artists and others in the creative community.

Address: 2233 North 1st Street, Fresno, CA 93703 - MAP
Phone: (559) 441-4220
Web: www.fresnoartmuseum.org

Kearney Mansion Museum
Home to the Fresno Historical Society, the Kearney Mansion Museum can be found in Kearney Park. This historic mansion has been preserved and restored over the years, and is now considered Central Valley's most important agricultural historic site. Public tours of the mansion are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This museum offers a great look into Fresno history.

Address: 7160 West Kearney Boulevard, Fresno, CA 93706 - MAP
Phone: (559) 441-0862
Web: www.valleyhistory.org

The Legion of Valor Museum
Visit this free memorial to those who have served their country. The Legion of Valor Museum grew from the efforts of dedicated Legion of Valor members. The museum displays military history through the exhibition of several pieces of WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Korean War memorabilia and photographs, as well as articles from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Address: 1235 O Street, Fresno, CA 93721 - MAP
Phone: (559) 498-0510
Web: www.legionofvalormuseum.org

Armenian Museum of Fresno
Celebrate the rich Armenian culture in Fresno at the Armenian Museum of Fresno. Learn about the history of the Armenian people and view rotating exhibits of Armenian art as well as a permanent collection of art, artifacts and textiles. Join in on the Biennial Festival celebrating the lives of notable Armenian artists, musicians and writers.

Address: 1300 East Shaw Avenue, Suite 131, Fresno, CA 93710 - MAP
Phone: (559) 243-5880
Web: www.armenianmuseumfresno.org

Meux Home Museum
Admire the architecture of the historical Meux Home Museum from the outside, and head inside for a one hour tour of this preserved and restored Victorian middle-class residence. The home was built in 1888 for Civil War doctor and surgeon Dr. Meux and was passed on through his family for generations. Fresno's oldest dwelling is a piece of history that's open for you to explore.

Address: 1007 R Street, Fresno, CA 93721 - MAP
Phone: (559) 233-8007
Web: www.meux.mus.ca.us

Castle Air Museum
Be awed by the majestic warbirds on display at Castle Air Museum, California's premier air museum. See several aircrafts and aviation machines from across time and the globe at this outdoor field museum. The indoor museum features war memorabilia from the same eras as the planes. You might even get a chance to ride in a helicopter if you visit during special events and opening!

Address: 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater, CA 95301 - MAP
Phone: (209) 723-2178
Web: www.castleairmuseum.org

Also...

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Address: 5021 West Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93722 - MAP
Phone: (559) 271-0734
Web: www.undergroundgardens.com

The Discovery Center

Address: 1937 North Winery Avenue
Fresno, CA 93703 - MAP
Phone: (559) 251-5533
Web: www.thediscoverycenter.net