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The Best Museums & Galleries In Bakersfield, California

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Updated: 3 January 2017
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.

Bakersfield Museum of Art

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A Black Bear at CALM
A Black Bear at CALM | © David~O/Flickr

Bakersfield Museum of Art

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.

(661) 323-7219

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kern County Museum

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Kern County Museum

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.

3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA USA, (661) 437-3330

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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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.

(661) 872-2256

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

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Statue of Buck at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace
Statue of Buck at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace | © Sarah Murray/Flickr

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

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.

2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA USA,

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Sun:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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