R.C. Baker Memorial Museum

R.C. Baker Memorial Museum, Coalinga

R.C. Baker Memorial Museum
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vifanua
Fresno,Ca2 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
Excellent collection of historical Coalinga area, plus many period pieces and old machines. Good collection of fossils and local gems and minerals plus some native American artifacts.
Written July 1, 2014
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laoban173
Pebble Beach, CA185 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
clean attractive motoring museum; especially enjoyed the antique gas pumps and well decorated 1920s gas station.
Written July 9, 2012
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NearRadwell
Radwell199 contributions
Mar 2012 • Business
I noticed the RC Baker Museum on my iphone when driving down to Bakersfield and so stopped in Coalinga for a lunch break. I was glad that I turned off the freeway and took the time to visit the town.

The museum is great - much better than what you see on their website. We spent a good hour looking around all the exhibits that tell the history of the town from the late 1800s. Hundreds of artifacts from clothing, furniture, fire engines, oilfield equipment, fossils, the list goes on.

Friendly staff. The museum closes for an hour for lunch. Stop off if you are on a road trip - you won't be disappointed.
Written March 31, 2012
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Michele P
Newark, CA91 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
We had a great time at this museum. There are lots of things that have been donated over the years from the late 1800's, up until now. It's interesting to see how a town changes over the years. And the volunteers we spoke with while there were very knowledgeable and added a lot to our experience at the museum. We enjoyed it very much and would recommend others to stop by and see if they've passing through the area and have some extra time.
Written June 13, 2011
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Rachel R
Coalinga, CA97 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Considering the population of our town (I live here), this is a wonderful museum. With all the outbuildings and the historic gas station, the museum takes up a whole city block. It is run by volunteers right now and is only open on the weekends. If you call, though, they are usually willing to open it any time. Bill loves to take people through, if you want, and he can highlight all of the history you are interested in! The museum has collections of all kinds of fossils from the surrounding hills, history about the oil boom and beginnings of the town, history of the big earthquake, all kinds of objects and artifacts from up to 100 years back which have been donated by citizens and the schools. There is a large section of old tools and machinery and cars and another section on the US military. There is so much more, for every interest. If you are going by on I-5 in either direction, take a 12 mile detour for a rest stop and see our museum. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Written April 13, 2015
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Fred M
Fresno, California, United States2 contributions
The displays of articles from the past which is part of the History of Coalinga are great. Done in a way informing visitors of, When, why and who started Coalinga.
Written May 8, 2013
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Wapakk
Morro Bay, CA95 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
One of our main reasons for going to Coalinga was to visit the R.C.Baker museum and we were not disappointed. It is loaded with tons of local and regional history and has a huge selection of period pieces. It is housed in several buildings and includes many large items in their fenced backyard. It has an amazing collection of rocks and minerals, fossils, photographs and equipment of all sorts.You could spend days going through all the museum and still find new treasures to cause wonder.
Written October 5, 2012
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Meander174941
1 contribution
Come see it. I can only imagine what the town was like in it's heyday. Some good local history. Some junk. Not as interesting as the museum in Winnamucca.
Written January 1, 2011
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2Muddy
Morro Bay, CA15 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This museum is awesome. There is history of the local town, coal mining and shipping, oil field exploration, production and transportation, cattle ranching, geology, fossils and much, much more. The museum is well organized and clean. Staff is friendly and willing to take you on a tour if requested. We allotted 2 hours and should have made it 4. Will have to go back again to see more. Great museum, great staff, great experience.
Written June 4, 2019
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jakebrake49
Coalinga5 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
All of it. Loved it and I will go back again very very very soon. A must see place you should all visit if you get within 200 miles of coalinga. Ya just gatta see it. Please go.
Written July 3, 2012
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