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Kern County Museum

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Address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
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+1 661-852-5000
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Beautiful grounds, lots of history, cute children's area

We honestly visited because the Kern County Museum is an ASTC Travel Passport participant, so we got in for free with our memberships to the Discovery Cube in Orange County. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Irvine, CA
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Irvine, CA
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133 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We honestly visited because the Kern County Museum is an ASTC Travel Passport participant, so we got in for free with our memberships to the Discovery Cube in Orange County. I wanted somewhere to entertain the kids on the way back from Yosemite to break up the very long drive, and Kern County more than fit the bill. Not only... More 

Thank DrHickenlocher
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to the Kern County Museum at least 3 times in the past 10 years. Our family always enjoys going there when we are in town visiting family. Unfortunately, this time was disappointing. Half of the houses were not open and it seemed a little run down. If i'm going to pay $50 for my family to get in,... More 

Thank Farrah P
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting history of Bakersfield. Pieces of the past from the Oil industry, farming, and the Bakersfield sound, including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and many more. The grounds are filled with buildings from Kern Counties past along with grass, trees and a train engine. Peaceful walk through history.

Thank Linda H
Bakersfield, California
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to this gem since High School. Many of the old buildings, signs, businesses, that were in the way of "progress" were moved here and preserved and or restored. Merle Haggard's boyhood home was just dedicated this week.

United States
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to go and see the history of Bakersfield. Lots of buildings that keep your interest and a very informative Oil Museum, learned lots there. We spent 3 hours viewing the full property so plan on spending time. Not a lot for youngsters to do with exception of some areas in the Oil Museum so plan accordingly. If... More 

Thank M7968FFmichaelb
Bakersfield, California
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here you can find a wide variety of Kern Countys past. Well worth the time. Very informative. Great for kids

Thank earlsherry
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way through Bakersfield on our way north and we really enjoyed it. My son who is 14 loved it. It is like visiting 50 small museums as all of the buildings are like a museum. The music section was cool as I was unaware of the Bakersfield Sound but I did check out some of... More 

Thank Ken L
San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I'm not one for Pioneer Villages but strolling through the Museum on a beautiful day was really nice. I wish there were docents around that could answer questions but the information plaques in front of each stop were informative enough. The Black Gold area allows for interactive learning and is air conditioned. Great place to stop in if its a... More 

Thank Becky S
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5 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best historical venues we have seen in a long time. The museum has taken great effort to re-create local history by saving historical buildings and sites from around the central valley of California. A must see!

Thank Jerry M
Bakersfield, California
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322 reviews
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Sometime prior to our visit, my wife & I planned this evening out with a couple of friends due to a brochure which advertised ‘Gunslingers, Madams and Horse Thieves’ at the museum from 6 to 9 pm. Our leisurely dinner caused us to arrive at about 6:15. At the door, we were informed that the lecture had commenced, but to... More 

Thank Ron P

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