Kern County Museum

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3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield Directions
+16614373330
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Bakersfield's Kern County Museum, CA, is a great destination for a rainy day whether you're an art enthusiast or just starting out. Plan a fun weekend for the family at this museum today!

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Report | 2 months ago
Great for both kids and adults! Fun and educational. Kids can exert pent up energy while getting glimpse of past...generated many questions and an appreciationñ for indoor plumbing. Definitely choose a mild temperature day!!!
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Report | 3 months ago
Black gold exhibit is pretty cool and informative
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Report | 3 months ago
We took my father, who is in a wheelchair, unfortunately he was unable to see the interior of most of the exhibits due to accessibility. not recommended for persons in wheelchairs. with that said, my father loved the farm tractor exhibit and referenced which ones he had used as a young man. overall a good experience. I recommend any and all museums.
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Report | 3 months ago
Very interesting to learn how life was back 100 years and all kern countys history
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Report | 5 months ago
Great place. Worth a stop if passing through and a must see if a local.
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Report | 5 months ago
It was a quiet experience. Really enjoyed that there weren't lots of people a we even took outside and had a nice picnic.
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Report | 8 months ago
Bring your camera. You can bring in outside food and drink.
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Report | 9 months ago
Come on the weekend when there are other children here for the kids city area My children still enjoyed that part but I think they would have liked it a lot moreof there were other kids present
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Report | a year ago
Great day out with my kids!
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Report | a year ago
Very historical museum, a lot of hands on activities. Great place to visit.
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In 1868, a massive flood rolled down the Sierra Nevada Mountains, carrying tree after uprooted tree in its wake. Once the waters receded, those trees and the very confused squirrels hiding in them covered the Kern River valley. That's right where Thomas Barnes found them. So he cut them into logs and built a cabin from the ground up, then moved in with his wife and seven children. Today, that same cabin stands as one of the buildings within Kern County Museum's Pioneer Village.

The structures here are relics of several different times and places. Some came from old farms in the area, while others once stood on the main streets of towns—such as the Beale Memorial Clock Tower from old Bakersfield. While their original purposes have long since passed, the buildings still spring to life each time a visitor passes through. It's easy to imagine a blacksmith at work at the Calloway Ranch in the late 1800s, or the faithful tellers who saw The Kern Valley Bank through the Great Depression.

A different view of Kern County's history takes center stage inside the museum's other permanent attraction, Black Gold: The Oil Experience. Here, 9,640 square feet of exhibit space reveal how oil forms deep within the earth, as well as methods for its discovery and production. Other displays profile the workers and historical events that ultimately led to Kern County claiming 64% of California’s oil production.

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