Kern County Museum Visit for Two or Five (Up to 50% Off)


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See 150-year-old buildings in the Pioneer Village and explore the history of California oil in the Black Gold exhibit

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for special events. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $25 for museum admission for five (up to $50 value)
  • $11 for museum admission for two (up to $20 value)<p>

Children under age 3 get in free.<p>

Kern County Museum

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.

Customer Reviews

59 Ratings

I live an hour away and was told by a local (Bakersfield-ian) that it wasn't worth the drive but he was wrong. My family and I loved the museum. It was very much worth the 2 hour drive. I loved how my kids (ages 15 and 13) loved it.
Tori L. · September 18, 2016
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!!!
CaLynne J. · June 19, 2016
Black gold exhibit is pretty cool and informative
Alex N. · June 7, 2016
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