Museums

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History Bakersfield

Where is it at?

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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
2018 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield
CA
93301
Tel: 661-324-6350

Directions

The museum can be found at 2018 Chester Ave in Bakersfield.

Where are we going today?

Science CAN be fun, and the Buena Vista Museum can prove it!

The museum's aim is to promote the scientific and educational aspects of our wonderful planet, with a focus on palaeontology, geology, archaeology, biology and geology.

They have carefully documented the area and put together a great collection of fossils and other natural history items so kids can enjoy them!

They have exhibits where kids can really get up close and learn about the world, and what makes it what it is today, and the staff are always on hand to answer any questions they may have (and we hope they have a lot!)

Really love the elements of the museum and want to learn more?  Then ask about their super fun science camps, or perhaps you want to join one of the science enrichment sessions?  They also hold tours and workshops for students where you can come and enjoy their really cool specimens on display, including life sized dinosaur casts and a life sized Native American interpretive family dwelling!

Do you have any idea how they might have lived?

If you want to really get your hands dirty, you can join them on a real dig on Sharktooth Hill! You can get out and play in the dirt, as you slowly search for relics hidden in the ground.  You will be allowed to keep any teeth you find (really old maybe even dinosaur teeth!) and fossils you find. 

Get stuck into nature - literally! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7
  • Children$4 (Ages 5 - 18)
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Thurs - Sat 10am - 4pm / Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Teachers corner

The museum is the only museum in central California with exhibits of Anatomy, Astronomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Geology and Palaeontology all in the one location. It's a great experience for them to expand their knowledge and minds. .

Can I get one of those?

The museum wouldn't be complete without a gift shop! They have unique gifts for kids including fun excavation kits, dinosaurs (not real one!), rocks, minerals and of course sharks teeth! We haven't even begun to scratch the surface.....

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    Some many interesting displays! They pack in dinosaurs, anthropology, geology, anatomy, astronomy and lots of animals into a relatively small space. You could spend quite a few hours reading all the info and trying the hands-on items.

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    Staff is very friendly & knowledgable.

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