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Big Fresno Fair Museum

Past, Present and Future

First debuted in 2013, The Big Fresno Fair Museum showcases a cross-section of history from the past 136 years – taking visitors on a trip down memory lane and providing younger generations a glimpse of what Fair life was like far before they were born, as well as historical events that happened at the Fresno Fairgrounds.

Located in the O’Neill Hall, The Big Fresno Fair Museum features more than 4,600 items on display including the first known moving film of the Fair by Claude “Pop” Laval in 1930 and the first ever built cotton candy machine dating back to 1921.


The Big Fresno Fair Museum is open year round by appointment. During the annual Big Fresno Fair the Museum is open daily until 8 p.m.


The Museum has handheld, voice-activated tours for guests to allow for social distancing inside the Museum. To reserve your tour appointment, click on the “Book A Tour” button and fill out the form. Then we will contact to you to confirm. To finalize your confirmation, we do require a $20 deposit. Your deposit will be returned upon your arrival for the tour

Want to learn more about the Fair’s history? Be sure to visit The Big Fresno Fair Museum and walk through the numerous exhibits, artifacts and photos. You can also read up on the topics below.

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