As an educational and cultural institution, we are here to acquire, display, and preserve the artifacts, documents and records of the San Fernando Valley. With the help of residents, businesses, organizations and societies, we will build The Museum collections of historical items, the fine arts and the folk arts for the public to enjoy and for scholars to research.
Through The Museum's current home in western San Fernando Valley in the city of Northridge via interactive exhibits, website, blog, social media, tours for the public, schools and organizations, lectures and performances, Your Museum will share with the world what it means to be part and parcel of the great San Fernando Valley.
The Museum began in 2005 out of a historic bungalow at L.A. Valley College. For the next three years, we secured some funds through small grants, created exhibits and offered an array of events.
Several years later, The Museum was housed at the Fashion Square mall in Sherman Oaks where thousands of people visited The Museum each month.
In 2020, during the pandemic, The Museum SFV moved to Rancho Cordillera del Norte in Northridge. The Museum will be re-opening soon with interior and exterior exhibits.
In 2021, we celebrate our 17th year!
Primary Museum programs include:
A major economic asset to the Valley and beyond.
Improves Business and Residential Property Values
A major educational asset to the Valley and beyond:
A major civic asset to the Valley:
The Museum Associates program offers members of the general public that possess experience and interest in a number of fields who want to support The Museum as a docent and volunteer and further the primary goals of promoting the history, art and culture of the Valley.
Museum Associates receive training and will work with an existing board member or other experienced docent at the Museum during operating hours, on tours and special events.
Two and three-hour shifts requested. Meet interesting people while you educate about The Museum and the valley.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Museum Associate.
The staff and board members of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley stand in solidarity with those protesting police brutality and discrimination against Black people in our country. We are horrified and heartbroken by the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many other Black members of our society. We acknowledge the pain and suffering that many are experiencing as a result of these events, and we join the call to put an end to systemic racism and discrimination.
As members of a community museum, we believe shared stories and histories inspire people to respect human life, bridge cultural differences and biases, and come together to create a powerful, innovative, compassionate, and dynamic community. We promise to work to address these problems, strive to safeguard factual truths, and to create a just society where all members can live their lives peacefully and be afforded the opportunity to tell their stories.
Michel (Michael) Stevens, President
Mobile: (310) 890-9182
Jackie Langa, Vice President
David Lustig, Secretary
Cheri Derohanian, Treasurer
Lee Davis, Immediate Past President
Suzanne Scheld, Ph.D.
Dana Carl Dentzel, Board Member
Franky Ortega, Board Member
Crystal Jackson, Board Member
Dana Radke, Board Member
Leah Cartabruno, Board Member
Eneka Cummings, Board Member
Junior Board Member
Richard Cryer, Co-Chair
Public Arts Initiative
Cheri Derohanian, Co-Chair
Public Arts Initiative
Bill Carpenter, Historic Walking Tours
John Hendry, Historic Walking Tours
Docent, Van Nuys Tour
Member, Artifact Committee
Member, Development Committee