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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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Indians life in area

Very nice collection of area items, from early Indians to modern day items. Sports figures, country music to oil fields.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Bakersfield, California, United States
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Bakersfield, California, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Very nice collection of area items, from early Indians to modern day items. Sports figures, country music to oil fields.

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Stanford, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Quite an educational experience if you're interested in both the history and the technology of getting crude oil from the ground into your gas tank. When I visited, there were a few exhibits that were out of service, but overall, it was a good learning experience.

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is one of the best museums I've visited in California with many interesting displays. It does take a time to view, so plan on being there a few hours!

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We were there a few weeks ago to watch the installation of Merle Haggard's childhood home. We'll definitely be going back when it's open to the public.

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is an interesting place for kids to see how people lived in the past. There are many interesting exhibits: oil history, gold panning, and hands science. Fun for the whole family.

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Been wanting to visit this Museum since Huell Howser featured it in one of his TV shows, many years ago. An unusual concept, the principal feature is a collection of buildings moved from their original sites and relocated to the Museum grounds. Historic homes, commercial buildings, hospitals, jails, schools, and other buildings of significance in the history of the County... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We live close by and are members with the State Museums, I like going often just because it's quiet and I enjoy all the old things provided. It's good for a trip if in town anyway, you never know what you'll see that may interest you, I'd give it an A+

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Well laid out museum with a lot of information about Kern county. They did an excellent job on The Black Gold oil exhibit. It is on par with the Houston Texas exhibit in their Natural Science museum, which gets a lot more traffic due to location. The historic town around the museum is fun to explore as well.

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Chico, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

It's a town time capsule really with quite a lot to see and enjoy reliving your youth if that old. It's mostly late 1800 and early 1900's buildings and a few trains and cars, even a church. The gas stations exhibit is 1920's or later with glass top gas pumps, looking new and shining with oil cans and Coke cola... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Don't visit when it is hot (which is too often in BAKErsfield). The parking is free and right at the entrance. They allow you to bring in your own picnic items and the picnic area is clean and by the playground. This place is really for kids.

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