We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kern County Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone Number: 661 852 5000
Improve this listing
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 130 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 82
  • 37
    Very good
  • 10
  • 0
  • 1
Old town research

If you want to learn about how Bakersfield and Kern COunty was in the olden days this place will give you a very good history lesson!

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Jessica D
Bakersfield, California
Add Photo Write a Review

130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Bakersfield, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you want to learn about how Bakersfield and Kern COunty was in the olden days this place will give you a very good history lesson!

Thank Jessica D
Bakersfield, California
Level Contributor
53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We took our kids on a Saturday, they had lots of interactive activities. They particularly liked seeing the inside of an oil well setup. At times throughout the year, they do 'gas lamp' tours. If you are a resident of Kern County, you should probably go at least once. Dan's Travel Tip #1: Did you know the Old Church in... More 

Thank dansmack
Emmeloord, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This museum did a great job preserving all those buildings and constructions for generations to come. It however deserves a larger lot to show it all in context. With all the material available, a proper landscaping setup could really bring you back to the 19th century! Give those guys some extra acres, and the funds to hire a well-informed historian,... More 

Thank Petrakis_Nomikos
Dundas, Canada
Level Contributor
116 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Well laid out, self-guided, open air museum. Takes you on an interesting historical walk through Kern County. We learned a lot.

Thank OurWanderingCasa
Level Contributor
48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Loved the walk around old town and the museum hall. Well done Bako! Can't think of anything to do in Bako? Go here. Cheap entry fee and lots of interesting things to see. Great for family. Fall and spring are perfect times. Lots of parking. Safe. Have fun! We did!

Thank kennybeal
Level Contributor
207 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The "museum" is actually a relocated/recreated town. Lots of blocks of building, many of which you can access at least a part of. The property is 16 acres. One large building is dedicated to Petroleum. Open 7 days week. Sr $9. If you have interest in such a venue, I would suggest 3-5 hours, maybe more if you break for... More 

Thank ranles76
Bakersfield, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Have friends or relatives visiting from out-of-town? New to the area? Lots of local history, all in one place! From the homes of our founders and Kern's movers and shakers of history to info on the oil boom, it's all here!

Thank Janice B
Bakersfield, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I guess I am biased because this is a part of my childhood. We used to take field trips here when I was younger (and schools still had field trips) and learn about the natives of Kern County and got a glimpse of what Bakersfield looked like. I grew up and got married here. They have added to it over... More 

Thank Kelli T
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This is an amazing place just to walk around. We attended an outside wedding that was fantastic. Visit the museum, you won't be disappointed and great for all ages

Thank Steve W
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
211 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Who knew that the history of Bakersfield, California was so interesting? The Kern County Museum is an open-air collection of this and that including more than 50 old structures dating back to the mid 1880s that chronicle the development of Kern County, California. We did not know that Kern County provides a significant portion of the USA's oil production, but... More 

Thank Steven L

Travelers who viewed Kern County Museum also viewed


Been to Kern County Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Kern County Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?