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3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield

Kern County Museum Visit for Two or Five (Up to 55% 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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2 ratings2 reviews
June 29, 2021
Highly recommend it’s AMAZING definitely a lot of really cool and amazing things to look at and learn the history of them REALLY LOVED THIS PLACE
5 ratings1 reviews
June 24, 2021
Very nice place to take the kids! Had a lot of fun. Just make sure you go early on because it does get hot
2 ratings1 reviews
June 6, 2021
This place is awesome! I absolutely recommend it. It's totally worth the money. Each exhibit is unique and lots of fun. Definitely stop by the church if you're feeling hot. 😉 You'll thank me later. This place is so huge that we ran out of time. We'll definitely return to see the rest!
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24 ratings13 reviews
June 3, 2021
Interesting perspective of many artifacts of Bakersfield from the 1800 & 1900.
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May 22, 2021
Very interesting museum that explains Bakersfield's past. Many buildings with artifacts that created a pioneer village. The plaques in front of each building were quick and easy to read. A docent we met along the way was very helpful in describing the jail and courthouse. I would suggest seeing the exhibit hall movie before touring the buildings rather than after.
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31 ratings23 reviews
April 24, 2021
Well done! A few things still limited due to Covid but overall a very good experience.
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20 ratings9 reviews
April 5, 2021
The best
Claudiatop reviewer
5 ratings5 reviews
March 29, 2021
One of the best museums I’ve been to! Kids loved the experience.
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About This Deal

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  • $22.50 for museum admission for five (up to $50 value)
  • $9.90 for museum admission for two (up to $20 value)

Children under age 3 get in free.

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for special events. Limit 12 per person. May be repurchased every 365 days. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About 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.