Historic Walking Tours

Public Art Initiative (PAI)

Public Art Initiative (PAI)


The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to offer historic walking tours of North Hollywood "NoHo" and Van Nuys on alternating months currently on fourth Sunday of each month beginning at 2:00 pm. Also, The Museum offers private and custom tours on other days.

Each tour lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours. For more information, please contact Bill Carpenter, Walking Tour Docent, or leave a message at The Museum at (818) 347-9665 or

Tours cost $10 each. Attendees can pay in advance via EventBrite or can also pay on site.

Public Art Initiative (PAI)

Public Art Initiative (PAI)

Public Art Initiative (PAI)


Public Art Initiative began in 2012 to reinforce the fact that public art has a way of touching all of us and can be used to educate about history. Public art programs include community art projects, murals, art workshops and monthly Artists Speaker Series returning in 2020.

Watch this terrific PBS segment from Totl Productions and artist Cheryl Goettemoeller who painted the first horse sponsored by the Greater Valley Glen Council for the Horses Across the Valley program. 

If you are an artist and want to become a member of the PAI, please contact Jackie Langa, PAI Co-Director, today!

Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley

Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley

Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley


The Museum has conducted over 50 interviews from valley residents that come from all walks of life including actors, cowboys, WWII veterans, policemen, firemen, housewives, teachers, entertainment executives and much more.

To participate, you will have to contact The Museum, fill out a questionnaire and be approved for an interview. For more information on the Oral Histories program, please contact Michel Stevens.

Speaker Series

Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley

Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley


Each month, we feature a special guest speaker. We highlight a valley-based artist, authors, photographers, musicians, crafts people and historians an opportunity for them to showcase themselves. 

The PAI's Artist Speaker Series are currently held on the last Saturday of each month beginning at 2:00 pm.

If you are interested in being a speaker, please contact  us at

Horses Across The Valley


The mission of Horses Across the Valley is to raise awareness of the historical, cultural and artistic heritage of the San Fernando Valley. We have selected the horse for this project because of its historical importance to the Valley. Part of the long, rich history with the horse goes back to a time when the Spaniards, under their leader Gaspar de Portolá, rode into the San Fernando Valley for the first time. Horse ranches sprang up almost overnight and when the film industry discovered that the Valley could double for the Wild West, the cameras started rolling.

Through this Valley-wide celebration, we seek to engage the community in exploring Valley history, art and culture for the purpose of raising funds for A) The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's Public Art Initiative, B) San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center and its member organizations and C) Organizations that support leading horse-related charities and animal advocacy in the Valley.

This public art program, under the directorship of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, will connect the Valley by promoting local art & artists and creating a sense of pride in all the Valley has to offer. By displaying these full sized fiberglass horses enhanced with a specific artist’s design and placing them in prominent locations throughout the Valley, this project will connect the Valley on a grand scale. 

The interactive aspects of Horses Across the Valley will stimulate both tourism and business in the area. We also plan to focus on children’s education as well as local culture and art appreciation.

With the support of Valley businesses, philanthropists, civic leaders and the media, this exciting fundraising project is expected to bring the Valley together like no other event before.

If you are interested in sponsoring a horse, please contact Michael Stevens. If you are an artist and or want to learn more about the Horses Across The Valley program, please contact Jackie Langa or are an artist, please contact Carolyn Uhri today.

Valley Artist Cheryl Goettemoeller Paints 1st Horse

Watch artist Cheryl Goettemoeller painting the first horse for the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council.