History tends to repeat itself, which means there's a good chance you'll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this Groupon.
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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.
100% of 29 customers recommend
“Awesome trip great exhibit”
“Be sure to plan time to enjoy all of the many things there are to see at the museum. It is a great place and there are many things to see and explore.”
“In the summer, go early in the day before it gets too hot or save the indoor exhibits for later in the day.”