Kern County Museum

Bakersfield, CA

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Address: 3799 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA How do we get there? Number: 661-437-3330
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If you have lived in Kern County, or just passing through, you might never realize the extent of the history in the area....and just how fascinating it really is!

That is where the Kern County Museum comes in, because they were created to tell the story of this amazing region in California, through artifacts and historic buildings!

The museum was founded all the way back in 1941, and since then has created a learning environment for all who visit. In fact, the museum has actually been collecting artifacts since all the way back in 1928!

Kids can learn how the region has shaped the history of California itself, and even shaping the future! The Kern County Museum display thousands of cultural and historic artifacts in over 56 historic buildings, so you can really get a sense of how the region has changed.

In fact, there are actually 16 acres of historic buildings to explore! You can experience the one room school (we bet that's pretty different to the schools that you know today!), as well as the jail (be good kids!), general store, and seven historic homes.

There are even North American exhibits, and a great section on the gold rush of California.

Music lovers can enjoy rare artifacts from influential artists involved in the Bakersfield Sound, and kids always love the Lori Brook Children's Development Center, with Discovery World, Safari Art and Kid City! 

Don't forget about the playground which is great fun for all ages!

Didn't think there was much history in Kern County? Think again! The history is amazing and kids will get a kick out of visiting those real historic homes!

Enjoy kids!

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How much does it cost?






$7 - $9



Members free, Seniors $9


Free Under

3 years


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Kern County Museum FAQ’s

The museum are dedicated to preserving and teaching the local history, and they have done so by collecting and preserving some incredible artifacts!

Snacks are available at the Museum Store, and vending machines are available on the grounds.

Wear comfortable walking shoes - there are 16 acres to explore! Dress for the weather too - summers can be VERY hot!

The museum store is THE place to pick up gifts, and educational items once you have finished your amazing day out at the museum!

Groups of 20 or more can get a discount! Book ahead - it's an amazing way to experience history!

Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch! You can enjoy healthy snacks in the beautiful outdoors, so why not bring a blanket. Food isn't allowed in the exhibit buildings.

There are paved paths so everyone can enjoy the museum and grounds. Wheelchairs are available in the Museum Store free of charge. Service dogs are allowed on the grounds too

If you want to support the museum, and get value for money, why not look at becoming a member!

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