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Kern County Museum

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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Step back in time

Nice historical museum just north of town which can be covered in a couple of hours with an adult... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2018
Perth, Australia
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Check out "Black Gold" exhibit!

Good selection of Kern County history and "Black Gold" about Kern County's oil production is worth... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2018
Nick S
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3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-1345
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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

Nice historical museum just north of town which can be covered in a couple of hours with an adult entry fee of $10 which is about right. Highlight was the Black Gold exhibit which was very educational and plenty of interactive exhibit for the kids.

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

Good selection of Kern County history and "Black Gold" about Kern County's oil production is worth the price of admission. All about the history and science (geology) and engineering of oil extraction and the modern uses of oil/petroleum/gas.

1  Thank Nick S
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

This is one of the best places to educate yourself on the local history of Bakersfield and the surrounding areas. From agriculture to the oil business this place has it all. Walk through the restored old buildings or check out the oil exhibit, you’ll enjoy...More

1  Thank scuber2018
Reviewed 31 December 2017

We stopped here to break up a long drive to Death Valley, and were really pleasantly suprised. Outside there are a collection of historical buildings that have been moved, restored and displayed for all to see. They ranged from jail houses, to oil rings and...More

1  Thank Livesbythec
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Each time we visit we ask ourselves why we don't come more often. It's such a great place for adults and kids of all ages to get a feel for our rich Kern county history. Kids can roam freely without the feeling you need to...More

Thank sbj545
Reviewed 22 November 2017

We enjoyed our visit here. We had a guided tour of two houses by an awesome and informative docent. We also enjoyed the interactive oil exhibit.

Thank Kevln-jennifer
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I grew up in Taft and McKittrick. This museum is excellent if you enjoy history. This museum has some of my family members pictures displayed. Taft is a small town, but this museum is very worthwhile especially good for,those who are interested in the history...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit, the buildings that have been moved or rebuilt provide a good insight into the history of old Bakersfield. There is also an interesting exhibit on the local, and some famous, country singers. Also a great exhibit about the history of oil...More

Thank philskoyles
Reviewed 16 October 2017

The Kern county Museum is a large collection of historical buildings which have been moved here from the surrounding area. There is and old school, a pharmacy and lots of old houses. Some of the buildings are open and contain lots of original furnishings, etc....More

Thank DarylJ552
Reviewed 10 October 2017

This museum is a collection of historical artifacts and buildings from around Kern County, including oil field equipment and a smaller oil themed museum on the grounds. There is also an exhibit dedicated to the Bakersfield Sound, and a children's play center. A majority of...More

Thank Misty D
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3 December 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
22 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.
Donna H
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