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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science

Bakersfield, CA

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Address: 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA How do we get there? Number: 661-324-6350
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Science CAN be fun, and the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science 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! 

Activity location


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

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How much does it cost?






$6 (Ages 3 to 11), $8 students over 12 years



$8 seniors


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2 years


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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science FAQ’s

They offer reduced price days such as $2 on the third Thursday of the month, and the first Saturday of each month is Family Day! Admission for 2 adults and up to 6 children is only $20!

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....

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.

All public areas and exhibits at BVM are accessible to visitors with mobility equipment and wheelchairs. The elevator is located on the east side of the building and can access all three floors of the museum as well as the mezzanine.

Accessible, family restrooms with changing tables are available on the first floor. There is also a first aid station available on the first floor.

BVM allows trained and certified service animals in all public areas of the museum.

They offer fun programs such as Science Camps so check them out on the website!

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