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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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Delano, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a very nice place to do different events. Right in Downtown. Talladega Freights puts the best haunted house themes throughout the year, also beer and bacon festivals and many other events that go on here.

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Bakersfield, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We're museum members because my kids like coming here so much! They especially enjoy the Lori Brock Museum with the interactive exhibits, outdoor playground, and "kid city." There are many local historical businesses, houses and even a train that have been relocated here and furnished for display. There is also an excellent exhibit on the history of the oil industry... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It's a great walk around the old historical buildings from various towns in Kern County but not being from the area it would have been nice to look at at map to relate to the town locations. Maps (new and old) tell a lot of history too . . . This museum has been around for over fifty years and... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The grounds of Pioneer village showcase historic homes/businesses moved to the Museum; staged right on the grounds and chock full of historic furniture/period items. Best secret: collection of local donated photographs, but only seen by appointment with curator. It's worth the visit!

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I spent an afternoon at this historical park. It's actually a real gem, with a very interesting set of exhibits about the rich oil history of the region. This is in addition to the various historical homes and other structures scattered about the property. I was a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed wandering through this... More

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Silsbee, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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 reviews 4 reviews
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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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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