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Kern County Museum

3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
661 852 5000
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Bakersfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This museum is a must see in Bakersfield, at least for those interested in history. It includes a variety of historic houses and also a very interesting, super modern and super interesting, exhibition on the oil industry.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

If you are in Bakersfield, then this is a must see place. It took us about 3-4 hours to see the entire museum. The cost of the attraction is not much, the people who helped us were very friendly. It is an outdoor attraction, so wear comfortable shoes. Also, there is no food on site, so eat ahead or carry... More

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Sacramento, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is the Bakersfield version of Greenfield Village. Lots of old buildings that illustrate Kern County's past have either been moved or reconstructed here. In addition, there's a full size oil derrick, and a display about the oil industry. An excellent outdoor museum! (But don't come if you don't like to walk; everything is outdoors and covers a fairly large... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Had a lot of interesting information regarding the oil industry and loved the old homes where we were able to go inside.

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Fullerton, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

On our way home from Yosemite and gold country we stopped in Bakersfield for the night. In the morning we wanted to check out something in Bakersfield so I found this place online and thought I'd at least stop by. We ended up staying over three hour looking around taking pictures and on the day we went they had some... More

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

This is an excellent collection of houses, stores, oil drilling and railways. The Oil section is especially informative for all ages. Very good value for money. Allow a minimum of three hours and try to avoid school parties and children if possible. The whole thing would have been even better had there been "house guides in period time" as we... More

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Delano, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a very nice place to do different events. Right in Downtown. Talladega Freights puts the best haunted house themes throughout the year, also beer and bacon festivals and many other events that go on here.

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Bakersfield, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We're museum members because my kids like coming here so much! They especially enjoy the Lori Brock Museum with the interactive exhibits, outdoor playground, and "kid city." There are many local historical businesses, houses and even a train that have been relocated here and furnished for display. There is also an excellent exhibit on the history of the oil industry... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It's a great walk around the old historical buildings from various towns in Kern County but not being from the area it would have been nice to look at at map to relate to the town locations. Maps (new and old) tell a lot of history too . . . This museum has been around for over fifty years and... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The grounds of Pioneer village showcase historic homes/businesses moved to the Museum; staged right on the grounds and chock full of historic furniture/period items. Best secret: collection of local donated photographs, but only seen by appointment with curator. It's worth the visit!

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