Kern County Museum Foundation

A nonprofit organization

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The Kern County Museum, founded in 1941, provides a meaningful learning environment for people of all ages, and showcases the unique importance of the region in shaping the history of California and the nation in ways that enrich lives and shape a better future. The museum has been collecting real pieces of California history since 1928. Thousands of historical and cultural artifacts are displayed in more than 56 historic buildings on 16 beautifully landscaped acres.  Treasures such as a one room school, the general store, jail, oil derrick, and seven historic homes join Native American exhibits, the Bakersfield Sound, mining, agriculture and railroad exhibits for visitor enjoyment.  Current projects include the restoration of the Merle Haggard Boxcar Home, a new entrance gallery, an archive research center and the refurbishment of the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center. From California’s Gold Rush, through its settlement and development, to the crucial oil industry of today, the state’s rich heritage can be experienced in one convenient and central location.

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Kern County Museum Foundation

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Arts & Culture Education



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