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Fresno County Historical Museum

History matters. Education matters. It is our responsibility to not only preserve and protect Fresno County’s rich history but showcase it at the largest annual event in the Central Valley and a year round venue for the public to enjoy and learn from. Fresno County has a lot to be proud of and we need to preserve and tell its stories."
– John C. Alkire, CEO, Friends of the Big Fresno Fair

In 2015, the Fresno County Historical Museum, an extension of the award-winning Big Fresno Fair Museum, debuted making it the only museum of its kind to showcase the vast history of Fresno County. It provides a place where generations of Valley residents can reflect and learn about key events, studying interesting aspects of Fresno County’s rich history. One of the biggest capital improvement projects in the last decade at the Fairgrounds, the $3.2 million, 14,000 sq. ft. two-story building showcases everything from public safety and military to boxing and racing history, plus a celebration of the cultures that make Fresno County so unique!


The Fresno County Historical Museum is open year round by appointment. To schedule a tour, please call (559) 650-FAIR. During the annual Big Fresno Fair the Museum is open daily until 8 p.m. Additionally, during the Fair there are daily guided tours at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. These tours will begin on the north end of The Big Fresno Fair Museum located just south of the Chance Avenue Gate entrance.

Museum Features

First Floor

Second Floor

Neon Sign Collection

History of Boxing Exhibit

Donations & Sponsorships

The Fresno County Historical Museum will only be as good as the community wants it to be, so we need your continued help.
- John C. Alkire, CEO, Friends of the Big Fresno Fair

The Fresno County Historical Museum is free to the public, but donations to support its operation are welcomed and strongly encouraged. You can easily donate online below to support the preservation and continued expansion of exhibits at the Fresno County Historical Museum. For sponsorships, please contact Lauri King directly at (559) 650-3228 or lking@fresnofair.com.



Here’s your chance to support the award-winning Fresno County Historical Museum! Dedicated to the rich history of Fresno County, this 14,000 sq. ft. Museum features cultural, political, sports and public safety historical artifacts and stories, plus so much more. It tells the incredible story of Fresno County’s rich history. For more information about the Fresno County Historical Museum, click here.

Virtual Fresno County Museum Fundraiser
Friday, September 11 – Friday, October 2

Help support this Museum and preserve history by being a part of our Fresno County Historical Museum Online Fundraiser beginning Friday, September 11 at 9 a.m. until Friday, October 2 at 11:59 p.m. Auction on amazing items including:

  • A 3 night stay at a beach house in Arroyo Grande
  • Beauty and wellness services which include cryotherapy, Botox and more from Dr. Macias
  • Dutch Bros. coffee for a whole year gift card
  • VIP Fair Food Card
  • And more!

To be a part of the auction and bid on these amazing gifts, click here!

Your support is needed to help sustain this county gem and ensure it will remain in existence into the future for generations of Central Valley residents to enjoy and learn from!

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