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Area Museums

Tulare County Museum:

27000 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia (at Mooney Grove Park). Blacksmith shop, old jail, original log cabin and “End of the Trail” statue. Complete homes have been moved to the site as well. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Call (559) 733-6616.

Tulare Historical Museum:

444 W. Tulare St. in Tulare. Rare collection of antique glass dating from the 1700s. Special exhibit of personal collections from area residents. Yokut Indians presentation and military memorabilia presentation. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free admission on the third Sunday of the month (12:30-4 p.m.) through May, with a program at 2 p.m. Call (559) 686-2074.

Porterville Historical Museum:

257 D St. in Porterville. Housed in the former Southern Pacific Railroad depot, built in 1913. Displays from the Porter Putnam family, for whom the town was named. Artifacts from Tulare County and from the early part of the century. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Cost $5 for adults, $1 for students, children 6 and under admitted free. Call (559) 784-2053.

The Antique Farm Equipment Museum/Tractor Museum:

Located at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. The museum is a tribute to past generations of California farmers and dairymen. Includes antique tractors and steam engine equipment. Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is a suggested $2 for children and $5 for adults. Call (559) 688-1751.

Alta District Historical Society & Depot Museum:

289 S. “K” St., Dinuba. Open 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and by appointment. Call (559) 591-2144.

Exeter Historical Museum:

125 S. B St., Exeter. Features exhibits, displays, films and videos about the history of the City of Exeter and surrounding communities, with special exhibits focusing on topics such as pioneer families and agriculture. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (559) 280-8547.

Giant Forest Museum:

Located in Sequoia National Park. Features state-of-the-art interactive exhibits that focus on the ecology of the Giant Sequoia trees. The museum is at the hub of a series of hiking trails that wind through the Giant Forest. Admission is free once you have entered the park. The museum, located approximately one hour beyond the Hwy. 198 park entrance station on Generals Highway, is open daily throughout the year. For road conditions and information, call (559) 565-3341 or visit

Kings Canyon Visitor Center:

In Grant Grove Village, three miles east of the Big Stump park entrance on Highway 180. Features new exhibits with a focus on Kings Canyon, the High Sierra and the Giant Sequoia. Open daily 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call (559) 565-4307 for hours of operation or other information.

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture:

Superb collection of significant Japanese screen and scroll paintings. Six miles south of Hanford at 15770 Tenth Ave. Tuesday - Saturday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Docent tours of the gallery are held each Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and students with a valid ID. Call (559) 582-4915.

Three Rivers Historical Museum:

Open October through March: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Call (559) 561-2707.

ImagineU Children's Museum:

700 E. Main St., Visalia. The goal of the ImagineU Children's Museum is to create a multicultural learning center filled with hands-on scientific, cultural and artistic exhibits for the whole family. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday – Friday, and 12 – 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $4, free for museum members. Family memberships available. Call (559) 733-5975.

Hanford Carnegie Museum:

Opened as the result of a civic effort to save the building from demolition, the museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and represents the architecture of Kings County. Exhibits convey how residents once looked, lived, worked and played. 109 E. 8th St., Hanford. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 students and senior citizens. Call (559) 584-1367.

Tule River Historical Museum:

Located on Highway 190 next to the Springville Rodeo Grounds in Springville. Enter through the rodeo main gate and follow the signs. Completely furnished house from 1870s moved from Milo area. Many local artifacts are located on the site of the area's first post office. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Call (559) 539-2720.

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