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Kern County Museum

3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
661 852 5000
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions 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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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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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
36 helpful votes 36 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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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 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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24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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