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Kern County Museum

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Historic day trip

I used to come here as a youngster and I brought my kids to visit. The museum has enough to keep... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2018
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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A Step back in time

A great place to learn about Kern County History and how like in general was at the turn of... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
Bakersfield, United States
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“oil exhibit”(19 reviews)
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I used to come here as a youngster and I brought my kids to visit. The museum has enough to keep their attention. The grounds were beautiful with blooming trees. Most of the buildings were open to look/ go in, including Merle Haggard's childhood home.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Artsvarc
Reviewed 6 March 2018

A great place to learn about Kern County History and how like in general was at the turn of century. The clock tower outside the facility was from downtown Bakersfield and fell during an Earthquake in the 50s.Inside are various buildings from around the county...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank ronaldw545
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Inside exhibits are well done, but not many. Outside village has no identification of houses. We were looking for the Merle Haggard home and never found it. No inside viewing. Peek in the windows only.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Virginia M
Reviewed 4 March 2018

I really like taking my out of town guests to this place for a nice walk around. With the old houses to check out, you can spend better part of a day here.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank jasonsH7474DD
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We visted the museum and Pioneer Village on Super Bowl Sunday. The weather was great and we pretty much had the place to our selves. There are all the same great old houses that have been there since we were kids .Plus the Merle Haggard...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Tanya M
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.

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Shakamaker
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.

Date of experience: March 2017
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: December 2017
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

Date of experience: March 2017
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8 January 2019|
Response from PatriciaG430 | Reviewed this property |
I think as long as you have a valid ID and credit card you would be fine to stay at a hotel. California is safe but since you will be by yourself I would suggest to think carefuly where to go and the time. But the place and... More
8 January 2019|
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Response from walterfarnum | Reviewed this property |
Hello devbat if by chance you make it to Bakersfield. I drive for Lyft and would gladly arrange something. I know the area well so could offer whatever advice you need. As far as safe goes and Jana W hit it on the money... More
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.