The Best Museums & Galleries In Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield skyline
Bakersfield skyline | © Robert Hale/Flickr
Natalie Guerrero

Bakersfield, California offers many different ways to experience the rich local culture. For a glimpse at the Southern California art scene, check out Bakersfield’s must-visit museums and galleries, below.

1. Bakersfield Museum of Art


A Black Bear at CALM
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The Bakersfield Museum of Art has four separate galleries, each containing permanent collections from regional artists alongside traveling exhibitions. The museum offers classes, special events, and is kid-friendly. The Bakersfield Museum of Art strives to establish art appreciation through a diverse program of exhibitions and educational opportunities for Bakersfield and Kern county residents and visitors.

2. Kern County Museum


Bakersfield Blaze
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As the name suggests, the Kern County Museum explores, highlights, and educates on the history of Kern County. Each exhibit ventures into a different time period. The Museum collects and exhibits artifacts with historic architecture around the space. The Kern County Museum was founded in 1941 and provides interpretive experiences through historical objects that tell significant stories about Kern County life to its visitors.

3. California Living Museum

Museum, School, Zoo

California Living Museum

Visit the California Living Museum for a local zoo experience. This so-called “living museum” will offer you a glimpse of local, national, and exotic wildlife. If you are a senior citizen check out Senior Discovery day, or if you are wanting to bring your clan of kids, try out their Free Kids day.

10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA USA, (661) 872-2256

Bald Eagle ©David~O/flickr

4. Buena Vista Museum of Natural History


Statue of Buck at Buck Owens Crystal Palace
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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History offers hands-on exhibitions and allows guests to explore artifacts, earth sciences, genealogy, archaeology, and paleontology. The mission of the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History is to educate and involve the community, through recovering, preserving, and displaying local and worldwide natural history objects. This museum promotes scientific and educational growth in the community and beyond.

5. Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace and Museum

Restaurant, Nightclub

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace and Museum

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Museum music memorabilia hangs on display at this funky country museum and gallery. This venue serves food and drinks in celebration of Buck’s career, talent, and artistry. This place is so country you will feel like you have definitely crossed the Mason Dixon line. With live bands playing in tribute to Owens this is a one of a kind museum experience.

2800 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA USA, (661) 328-7560

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