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Crystal Palace and Museum

Bakersfield, CA
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Bakersfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Combination theater and a museum housing memorabilia spanning Buck Owens' 40 year career in country...
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Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Owner description: Combination theater and a museum housing memorabilia spanning Buck Owens' 40 year career in country music.
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Bakersfield, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

You don't have to be a big Buck Owens or country music fan to love this restaurant/museum (though you will probably appreciate it more if you are). Well known country singers of the present and past perform there all the time--sometimes unannounced. The museum is kind of a Hard Rock Café version of a museum. Pictures and memorabilia abound and... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nice building and setting but they charge for the novelty of building. Food is ok but extremely over priced. I recommend stopping for a visit and the go else where for a meal.

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Corona, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I heard that when in Bakersfield you must visit Buck Owens museum in the Crystal Palace. The restaurant wasn't open when we were there but we took about 30 minutes looking over the memorabilia. It depicted several articles from a notable career.

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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It was a balance of a tourist site and nostalgia of the 70s and 80s and Hee Haw. Great to see folks line dancing. What great bands as well! Music was great. Seating was great. Food was very good and affordable.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Just seeing Buck's dream in person was awesome. Been a fan for many, many years. Quiet on the Friday night we went, but the house band was great. Went for a brief visit around 10PM so no cover and our sodas were free! Closed early for a club at 11:30 PM. Definitely recommend if you're also a Buck Owens and/or... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Been in Bako for over 40 years, but never had dinner @ Crystal Palace til last Summer. Had the much talked about (by my friends and strangers alike!!!!) Chicken Fried Steak (Buck Owens' own specially ordered steak while he was alive).... it was all they say it is and MORE!!! It almost completely fills a LARGE dinner plate!!! With mashed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We got there at 9 after dinner and it was great fun. There was line dancing and a great band. Also a chance to see the museum in between sets. We didn't book but would have needed to for dinner.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Buck Owens' Place, a tribute to country music greats, and to "The Bakersfield Sound" that Buck Owens and Merle Haggard made world famous. This place is a restaurant first, a concert hall second and a museum third. You get excited just to walk in the door and immediately you're in a museum of country music greats who hang out in... More 

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Concord, CA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It's hard to find any dinner shows these days, so I was excited to go to the Cystal Palace. I'm not a country music fan but I enjoyed the band and the dance floor is set up well and close to dining tables. The menu is varied and offers good choices for beef, pork, fish and chicken dishes. Food and... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It's a cozy little restaurant, the shows there are nice, some seating is not ideal to view the stage. The food is 3 stars at best. And service is a low 4 star. But they do have some good shows. But recently they have been leaning towards a more Latin sound, which has turned me off going nearly as much... More 

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