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Kern County Museum

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Address: 3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-1345
Phone Number: 16618525000
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You could spend a day here. So many things to see. Definitely take the 11am tour of 2 of the houses. It lasts about an hour and is so informative about early Bakersfield. Like... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 30, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

You could spend a day here. So many things to see. Definitely take the 11am tour of 2 of the houses. It lasts about an hour and is so informative about early Bakersfield. Like stepping back in history to the 1800s. Very nice gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We went to the Kern County Museum. We liked the town layout with all the different buildings such as historic homes, dental and doctor offices, mercantile stores, the adobe and log houses, the jails and courthouses, the drugstore, and farm equipment. There is a historic church and school. There is the Havilah Courier newspaper office. There is the Hotel Fellows.... More 

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Bakersfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The vast array of exhibits is outstanding. The oil museum theater is great. So much history. Love to take out of town guests here

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

This is one of the better museums to visit. The have both inside and out side displays from native American displays and some of the old houses and buildings and even a .old wooden oil Derick set n an easy walk/ wheel chair display. The original brick clock tower that use to set on Truxton and Chester in at the... More 

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Sierra Vista AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

This museum is a gem in the middle of busy Bakersfield. There are many old buildings that have been moved here to preserve them, including the train box car where Merle Haggard grew up many years ago. The grounds are tranquil and beautiful. There are many interesting exhibits, such at the neon signs and the story of oil in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

A great exhibit of the early days in the area. Well planned and executed. A nice half day visit to the past, and very interesting. Interesting because the presentation relates not only to the Bakersfield area, but of many early California areas. Worth the time and small expense, and one of the few things to do in Bakersfield. Very family... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I always enjoy going through the museum and getting a glimpse at the Kern County of the past. They also host come great events such as brews in the village, car shoes and several others.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

The Kern County Museum is a great experience for all ages. The turn of the century homes and businesses are arranged as a small town might have existed. Strollers work well on the paths, and small children have space to run around. The neon area is interesting, especially to locals. For Pokemon players there are several Pokemon Stops and Gyms!

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Bakersfield, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

You feel like you are wondering in a town in the 1800s! You can walk along the streets. You can see the old businesses and houses back in the day, and you can go inside and see the furnishings. It also has a special oil museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Staged as small towns with buildings displaying occupations with their various tools & furniture. Movie about oil in the county is worth the 18 minutes (no additional cost. Can get hot so bring a water.

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