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Kern County Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Research for a book

When wanting to know the history of Kern County this is the best place to go. My mother and I... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bakersfield, California
Great for school field trip

We had a great experience. My students had fun and learned so many things. They also have habds on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patricia G
Bakersfield, California
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“pioneer village”(19 reviews)
“oil exhibit”(18 reviews)
“oil industry”(19 reviews)
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3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-1345
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All reviewspioneer villageoil exhibitoil industrylocal historyclock towergold exhibitoil rigstep back in timeearly daysmerle haggardenjoy historychildhood homeinteresting exhibitsspecial eventscouple of hoursfew hoursenjoyed our visit
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Reviewed 4 days ago

When wanting to know the history of Kern County this is the best place to go. My mother and I stopped in on a Sunday. Yes, they are open on the weekends. We are both writing books and needto have photos of certain time periods...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great experience. My students had fun and learned so many things. They also have habds on activities and a park were to sit to eat

Thank Patricia G
Reviewed July 22, 2018

We have had so much fun during special events hosted by the Kern County Museum. I recommend Pioneer Days when horse drawn carriage rides and train tours are available and wine festivals that are held there.

Thank Jana W
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Not having been born here I really knew nothing of Bakersfield history. The curator was very pleasant and Travis really knows his paleontology. So I recommend doing this if complaining nothing to do at the least but I always encourage the exploration of culture.

1  Thank walterfarnum
Reviewed July 15, 2018

historic buildings from the area rebuilt here. However there is not much to see we saw signs of oil museum and historic cars but the buildings were closed.

Thank Jtjkz
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This museum is great. All old kern county treasures. Old school house , undertaker , hotel , great old oil signs and some historic lit signs. Old gas stations early early houses. Merle Haggard's box car house. And much more. Worth a stop by. And...More

1  Thank Kim J
Reviewed June 23, 2018

The exhibits in the entry building are fine, but it's the eclectic collection outside that makes the museum. Most aspects of pioneer life in Kern county are shown, with an extra emphasis on the petroleum industry, both past and present. Toward the right rear of...More

3  Thank Arthur R
Reviewed June 20, 2018

The KC Museum has stayed 'current' while presenting the past (history) of Kern County. A great way to spend time together as a family, or a couple, walking around Pioneer Village. The special events/Living History are great for kids (& adults) to see 'history' in...More

1  Thank KathleenLT2013
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Full of interesting displays. The beautiful and well cared for buildings and grounds were a perfect place for a picnic.

1  Thank Mark M
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

A very good place to visit and learn about Kern County history. The oil industry , what old tools they used and other historical items!! Good for family visit!

1  Thank Pam Q
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December 3, 2017|
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Response from Zootarts | Property representative |
Not sure what they are doing now since they changed management twice this year.
Judy G
December 22, 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.
April 24, 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