Kern County Museum

3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield

Kern County Museum Visit for Two or Five (Up to 46% 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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22 ratings10 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 29, 2022
loved it!!!
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
February 21, 2022
Nice place stepping back in time
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
January 23, 2022
Kern County Museum has a tremendous amount of history with numerous examples of early Bakersfield and Kern County architecture, merchants, banks, dental/ Dr offices, corner stone entrepreneurs to name a few. The entire experience gave me a great look at personal, business and recreational life back when Kern County was slowly forging it's place in California.
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Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
January 16, 2022
Really cool and lots to see. I loved the car collection best and we almost missed it cause it's way in the back. "Indians" terminology needs to be updated to be politically correct in first exhibit. Other than that, all else was great.
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
January 9, 2022
Many interesting things to see. Great for the whole family.
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  • $27 for museum admission for five (up to $50 value)
  • $12 for museum admission for two (up to $20 value)

Children under age 3 get in free.

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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.