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Bakersfield Museum of Art Bakersfield

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Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R Street
Bakersfield
CA
93301
Tel: 661-323-7219

Where are we going today?

Art is a wonderful thing! You can create it, you can admire it, and you can be inspired from it. So, if you're in Bakersfield, why not make a trip to the Bakersfield Museum of Art?

This fascinating, inspiring and educational museum offers families and kids a chance to explore the wonderful world of art, through exhibitions, programs, and special events.

The exhibitions run seasonally, so there will always be something new to enjoy across the year! The themes of the exhibitions are diverse, so you can find something that you really enjoy, and relate to.

Perhaps it's a look at a local artist, and their long-term work within California. Perhaps they are portraits of Bakersfield residents, to really capture the spirit and heart of the area. 

The Bakersfield Museum of Art might even showcase work from local junior and high school students, which are great to inspire kids. Maybe one day their work will be hung from the walls!

The great thing about the Bakersfield Museum of Art, is that the collections are a great talking point for kids. The younger ones will love to just look at the colors, and the older ones can start to appreciate the meanings, techniques and shapes. 

If those kids are inspired, the museum has a host of classes where they can actually create! Kids aged 3 to 6 can participate in Side By Side - the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. These hour long workshops are a great way for them to get their hands messy and express themselves.

Art After School is perfect for students ages 7 to 12, there they can immerse themselves in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Art Attacks all round at this great art museum in Bakersfield...let's all get creative! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8
  • Children$4
  • Free Under: 6 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 4pm Tues to Fri / 12pm - 4pm weekends.

Closed Mondays, and major holidays

Teachers corner

All docent led tours during the academic school year are FREE! A great way to Kern County students to enjoy art. They also include hands-on art lessons.

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places in Bakersfield for you to grab something before or after your visit!.

Healthy Eating!

It doesn't hurt to take a bottle of water with you or healthy snacks in your bag just in case.

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out for the special events the museum holds. They include tours, and artist talks. .

Doing our bit

The museum are dedicated to promoting local art to educate and inspire visitors, and to give them the ultimate art experience .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs just give them a call and see how they can help you!.

Can I get one of those?

If you are inspired, why not visit the gift shop and take some art home with you. They have a collection of art books, photography, kids books and mixed media. .

More information

You can become a member and get free admission for a year if you want to support the museum.

What people are saying?

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    It was nice, very nice art, but once for me is enough. If you are close by, you should stop and look for yourself...

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    We stopped without any expectations as we were passing through-just wanted to see what art was happening in Bakersfield. Wow, were we blown away by the great art and curation. A nice mix of local and international artists. The different exhibits meant there was something for every taste. You can easily spend a couple hours and come away refreshed!

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    I live on the central coast, so Bakersfield is quite a trek for me. But when I find myself there, rather than head to the run-down downtown area, I always stop to check out the exhibits at the art museum. It's quiet, cheap, and has a nice easy layout (no labyrinthine museum corridors).

    And the building itself easily the most interesting in the whole city. Definitely the highlight of any trip through Bakersfield.

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    Great museum to showcase art in Bakersfield. I have seen some very lovely exhibits here and it's also a wonderful venue for special occasions.

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