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Kern County Museum

3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-1345
+1 661-852-5000
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Excellent Local Museum

The Kern County Museum does a wonderful job of expressing the history of Kern County in an engaging... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jeff C
Bakersfield, California
Closed on Mondays

The hours on TripAdvisor show that they are open Monday. After driving all the way across town... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tucson, Arizona
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“black gold” (18 reviews)
“oil exhibit” (16 reviews)
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3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-1345
+1 661-852-5000
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Kern County Museum does a wonderful job of expressing the history of Kern County in an engaging manner. With many original buildings and displays, it helps one gain an accurate sense of life during the early days of the county's expansion. The staff is...More

Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hours on TripAdvisor show that they are open Monday. After driving all the way across town, found that they were closed. Additionally, the phone number here goes to the superintendent of schools. Visitor beware!

Thank TucsonTerry
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for the exhibits on the Bakersfield Sound and country music. A home Merle Haggard once lived in - that was originally a train boxcar (!) is on the premises, and was very interesting. There is a huge collection of vintage buildings on the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Im not much of a museum person so i was dragged by my wife to this place. But upon arriving and seeing inside the grounds and how they have created and maintained the buildings that were apart of Bakersfields history it was a joy to...More

Thank Poihakena P
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Small, local museun, the museum has collected a variety of buildings, many of them about 150 years old. Teach your kids about where they live

Thank reemahglobal89
Reviewed 2 August 2017

As a history buff, I was absolutely floored by the Kern County Museum. The actual museum is rather small with a modest collection of fossils and artifacts. It's not the museum itself that is the gem here but the collection of authentic historic buildings outside...More

Thank Jackbear
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

We took our entire third grade (125 students) to History Day and we all had a blast! There was so much to see and do. The kids loved panning for gold, seeing the old school house, and climbing on the train. Even though there were...More

Thank LilMizA
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

My family visits this museum a couple times a year but I suggest you don't do it during the summer it is very hot in Bakersfield. If you must then do it in the evening. We also go to the safe Halloween 👻 which is...More

Thank whatchuwant37
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The Kern County Museum provides a fun glimpse into local history and the history of the oil industry. It's always an enjoyable visit.

Thank Ryan D
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

This is the best place to see the history of Kern County. Awesome visit, will go back loved it. Teach your kids about where they live

Thank bflmom
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Judy G
23 December 2016|
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Response from Zootarts | Property representative |
Sorry I didn't see this in time. We are closed Christmas and New years. But open Christmas eve.
25 April 2016|
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Response from Jan M | Reviewed this property |
I don't have a dog, but I believe only service dogs were allowed. I don't remember seeing any dogs while we were walking around