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Kern County Museum

Address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone Number: 661 852 5000
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Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Bakersfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
3 attraction reviews
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

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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Sweden
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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20 reviews 20 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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