Even before you enter the Tehachapi Museum you will be impressed by a rare example of art history. The Museum structure was built in 1931 in the popular art deco architecture of that era. It serves as a branch of the Kern County Library system until 1982 when the Tehachapi Heritage League moved its museum operation to this location.
Directly across the street from the Tehachapi Museum is another local treasure that provides visitors with a true look back at early life in Tehachapi. The Errea House is the oldest house in the area, dating to the 1870s. The house, built in what is now called Old Town 4 miles west of the current city, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In January 1973, a small group of Tehachapi Area citizens, concerned with preserving the important historical sites, formed the Tehachapi Heritage League, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the education and presevation of the area history.
The rich culture and history of the Native American Kawaiisu is showcased in this gallery made possible by Mark and Jessie Malano. Tehachapi and the surrounding territories of the Kawaiisu are rich in cultural history. Plan to spend some time viewing this magnificent collection especially the hand woven baskets and rock art.
The Tehachapi Main Street Murals Committee has worked together since the year 1999 to raise funds and plan a series of historical murals to showcase the rich history of the Tehachapi Valley. The murals are meant to beautify the downtown area, showcase the history of the area for local residents, and serve as a historical guide for visitors to Tehachapi.