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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4420
+1 661-324-6350
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Hidden Gem in Downtown Bakersfield

This small museum is located in an older building off of Chester Ave, but it is full of great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Misty D
Huntsville, Alabama
Interesting museum

This is buena vista museum, a nice hometown museum. Lots of fossils, rocks, history. I'd recommend... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Bakersfield, California
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2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4420
+1 661-324-6350
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small museum is located in an older building off of Chester Ave, but it is full of great exhibits! The first floor has models (some may be taxidermy) of animals from Africa and a few local critters too, a great shark exhibit with various...More

Thank Misty D
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This is buena vista museum, a nice hometown museum. Lots of fossils, rocks, history. I'd recommend visiting early in the day.

Thank reemahglobal89
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This is a small but worth the stop. If you are staying in Bakersfeild and want something that will keep the kids busy for an hour or so .. this will work. We went on $2 day, so worth it.

Thank Trish S
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Natural History Museum with varied interests from fossils and geology to mounted specimens of many species from all continents and early natives of California

Thank J8922ZWjackg
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Located in an unassuming building in Bakersfiled's downtown, the Buena Vista Museum offers three floors of very interesting and very distinctly different displays. My children, ages 7 & 5 years, enjoyed seeing the animal displays. Especially the large shark jaw. There is a step where...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We took our class here and it was fabulous. They covered Social studies as well as Science content for our class. Knowledgeable staff, friendly and great with kids. Hard to believe there is a place like this in Bakersfield!

Thank CinAndy
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I specifically came to this museum to see the famous fossils from Bakersfield CA and indeed they have a wonderful representation of these fossils including some huge and colorful Makos, impressive Megs (natually!) and a remarkable articulated sea lion skeleton. What I was not expecting...More

Thank Paleo77
Reviewed 15 September 2016

You can go hundreds of millions of years back in time at this museum! :) There are dinosaurs, sharks, whales, and many other ancient animal fossils. Also amazing Native American items and rocks.

Thank Mighty_Bruin
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Many visitors and residents alike do not know that at one time, the Bakersfield area was completely under water. This museum celebrates this with information about this time in local history, and has many artifacts recovered from Shark Tooth Hill. Adults and children will find...More

Thank Southpass_TN
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Don't go outta you way, but if your in Bakersfield...yes. $8.00 to get in...not worth it but the staff is way way cool. Friendliest people around. 3rd floor dinosaurs. Mezzanine -- stuffed animals. 1st floor stuffed animals and shark teeth. Not sure why it's called...More

Thank SanMo
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