The only museum in the San Bernardino mountains is Big Bear Valley’s local treasure, the Big Bear Historical Museum, which is packed with treasures and artifacts from our area’s gold mining history (including a working stamp mill), the Serrano Indians, the fox farming industry, moviemaking and more. The Big Bear Historical Museum opens for the season tomorrow, May 23, and through October’s first weekend, will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, and holiday Mondays—and at an admission price of just $3 for adults, and free for accompanying children. Over the winter season, the Big Bear Valley Historical Society was not hibernating, but moving some historic buildings to their now permanent site off Greenway Drive in Big Bear City; new additions include the 1920s Juniper Point cabin (once a market and post office) and, from Meadow Park, the Boy Scout cabin, which dates to somewhere between 1900-1918. The museum also features the original Mt. Doble schoolhouse, which dates back to 1901, and artifacts from schoolmarm Anna Crain. On Monday, the Big Bear Valley Historical Society will take a field trip in celebration of the 103rd Anna Crain Day, to commemorate when in 1906, on the weekend that has since become Memorial Day, Crain honored Big Bear pioneers with a service at the Old Doble Cemetery. The Historical Society invites all to join them for Anna Crain Day, which launches with a caravan from the museum at 7:45am. For more information, you can visit the website of the Big Bear Valley Historical Society.
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