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Kern County Museum

3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
661 852 5000
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Bakersfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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Silsbee, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We visited for about 2 hours before closing but wished we had arrived earlier in the day to enjoy more the museum has to offer. There is a pioneer village with a large variety of period buildings explore, the indoor oil exhibit (Black Gold) is easy to miss but look for it behind the large moving oil pump. It is... More

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91 reviews 91 reviews
39 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This museum has several components. There is a living history section, where they have brought old buildings from elsewhere in the county to this location- a complete train station, a county court house, a fancy house, a plain house, a one room school, a church mission. Very interesting. And there is an oil exhibit. As should be expected, the exhibit... More

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A choir group of my friends chose the historic museum for their spring concert. The settings and the staff really made a great impression

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We are spending the summer in Bakersfield while my husband is here for work. Of all the places to spend a summer in California, Bakersfield would not be at the top of my list, but we are making the best of it. We bought a family membership to the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum when we visited over the Fourth... More

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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a museum of structures, buildings and industry and within each is a mini museum of the period that it represents. To explain further by example. There is a general store from the late 1800s, inside you will find it stocked with all the items you would expect from that time. Mostly outdoors but there is an vehicle exhibit... More

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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The success the curator(s) had in finding pre-and very early 1900 buildings from around Bakersfield, moving and locating them along "streets" as a "village" with mature trees and shrubbery make this a very interesting visit for young and old. You can see in the windows, walk through a boarding house, take a tour of a Victorian, see old time shops,... More

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Tehachapi, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Will make a note to return when the temperature drops and not during the Nut Festival when it is so crowded. We looked at the exterior buildings outside the museum which was interesting, but need to return for a more peaceful visit.

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Bakersfield, California
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I go to the Kern County Museum at least once a year. The staff is always helpful in answering any questions. We have had the pleasure of friends being married there to events like the Nut Festival which we always enjoy.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

This little museum is a great way to spend an afternoon.Relax and walk around learning about history in the San Joaquin Valley. To me, the highlight was the oil exhibit. The staff is friendly, the place is well taken care of, and the little museum store is cute. I would have never found this great place had it not been... More

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Bakersfield, California
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25 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The Kern County Museum, aka Pioneer Village Museum, has been around since my teen years. I used to like to see the old jail and courthouse buildings and the steam locomotive in particular. For many years, the cornerstone of the museum has been the Beale Clock Tower. Once located further south on Chester, it can now be seen from Garces... More

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