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Kern County Museum

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Address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone Number:
+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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As a local, I have been here many times. I even helped set up one of the displays (the semaphore signal at the steam engine) and I look forward to going back soon. I have visited... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As a local, I have been here many times. I even helped set up one of the displays (the semaphore signal at the steam engine) and I look forward to going back soon. I have visited museums all over the country and few are as well done, especially ones dedicated to local and regional history, but then few places have... More 

Thank motopoet59
Nicholasville, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Some of the homes were inaccessible..self guided tour...probably would not do this tour again..should not be a fee for tour...

Thank DRAY1954
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, really surprised at how big and well done the museum is. Lots of historical buildings, artifacts, huge oil rig display, train, kids play area, etc.. this is a must see if your in the area.

Thank Chiefly1
Bakersfield, California
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good for an afternoon with family, display of old buildings from across Kern County. Many special displays?

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Ely, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The family/ myself was tired by the time we arrived, so all we really wanted was to sit and eat look

Thank vefaira
Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to learn the history and geology of the San Joaquin Valley of California including Bakersfield. Yes, the Pioneer Village, the main building and Black Gold building along with the Children's Learning Center - all are worthy of a strong day of involvement. It is fun, enlightening, and very well done in every way. As history... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

My adult daughter and I went and had a fun time. Brought back lots of memories. She had to come here due to a class she is taking. She's a teacher and this was an assignment given to her. Very informative. Very interesting place. Lots of history here. I think it's a great place for families to come. Teaches the... More 

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This turned out to be such fun and a good place for all ages! The Pioneer Village with all the houses and buildings was well done!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

You could spend a day here. So many things to see. Definitely take the 11am tour of 2 of the houses. It lasts about an hour and is so informative about early Bakersfield. Like stepping back in history to the 1800s. Very nice gift shop.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We went to the Kern County Museum. We liked the town layout with all the different buildings such as historic homes, dental and doctor offices, mercantile stores, the adobe and log houses, the jails and courthouses, the drugstore, and farm equipment. There is a historic church and school. There is the Havilah Courier newspaper office. There is the Hotel Fellows.... More 

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