About Us

Big Bear Native American Museum

Opened November 15th 2014 featuring a collection of Native American artifacts donated by Lenard "Big Bear"Beal. 


Additional artifacts supplement his collection to provide a complete overview of Native America from 17000 years ago to present.


Since opening there has been a constant stream of new and amazing artifacts that have found a home in the museum. Curator Jimmy Smith strives to create teaching moments with artifacts, interpretative information, vintage photographs and artwork to help convey the rich culture & history within our ever evolving collection.


The museum is packed with a wide variety of artifact including

*Projectile point

*Prehistoric tool

*Pottery

*Bead work

*Ceremonial pieces


Original Art in the museum features the painting of the internationally known western artist 

Julie Asher Lee


Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again!