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Kern County Museum

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Address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone Number: 661 852 5000
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Went here on our vacation, this is a really nice museum, it has a lot of old houses, some you can go in and see how people were living in the old days and it just gives you a feel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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katy
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Went here on our vacation, this is a really nice museum, it has a lot of old houses, some you can go in and see how people were living in the old days and it just gives you a feel of an old town. They have a small museum inside where you can go and try the small diving clock... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Of course when you drive by you see the derrick, but the rest of the story is inside. A lot of care and effort has been used to show the early history of early Kern County is depicted in story and pictures. I have been several times and each time I turn the corner and learn something else. Well worth... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We always go here for a early dinner I really like their calamari steak so good and I enjo there green beans. My husband enjoys their steaks . Very good place to go for a steak dinner..

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B-Town
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A great history lesson on Kern County, one of the country's largest oil producing counties..The walk thru exhibit on how oil is produced is worth the price of entry. The houses that are there are well preserved. A fun experience, especially at Christmas

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Many buildings from around Kern County were moved here to preserve them. Each one is either set up inside as it would have been or used to show you how a business would have been set up (such as undertaker, seamstress, etc.) Plaques outside of each building explain that building's history. They have also saved some old neon signs and... More 

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Melbourne
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This museum was really interesting showing how oil was discovered in this area. That 60% of California's oil is produced here and 10% in the USA There are also old homes and plenty to look at. Great if you have kids and is very interactive

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Bakersfield, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I love this museum. I love every visit and all the activities. It's good to see that people are keeping the history of our town alive and will preserved.

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Bakersfield, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Local Artists show there works and my wife is a docent. Nice place and only takes a little time. You should enjoy

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Corona, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great place to visit if you are near Bakersfield. It is basically an open-air, full-scale, real-life diorama. The outdoor museum has many historic buildings collected from around Kern County and showing domestic, professional and day-to-day life in early California history. There are various homes and workplaces like a blacksmith, doctor, dentist, train station, jail, courthouse, carriage house, pump house, water... More 

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Bakersfield
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Had my wedding here in 2013 at the old Fellows Hotel. The staff was very nice and accommodating. They worked well with the caterer and the DJ. The grounds were beautiful. Go and enjoy.

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