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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Black Gold

I have been to this museum on more than one occasion, and every time I visit, there seems to be something new that has been added. For those who have never visited, you have no... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Bakersfield, California
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Bakersfield, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

I have been to this museum on more than one occasion, and every time I visit, there seems to be something new that has been added. For those who have never visited, you have no idea of rich history of not only Bakersfield, but of some of the local surroundings as well. Take a step back in time to see... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I'm from Connecticut so the sense of history in Bakersfield is very different from what I knew growing up. This is a living, hands-on, outdoor museum. I commend the folks who started and maintain this beautiful historic treasure. The treasures of the pioneers are palpable. The oil section is phenomenal. This is a must visit spot!

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bakersfield, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

What a blast from the past! It was sure nice to see some of the history of Kern County as well as play Ingress (quite a nice farm) at this Historical Museum. It is very well kept and they are always adding new things.

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katy
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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