Bakersfield Museums & History

Bakersfield Museums & HistoryTravel back in time to explore the people and cultures unique to Bakersfield. Learn how B Town became known as California's Country Music Capital, and explore the history of the Bakersfield Sound when you travel across our list of museums to discover these signature Bakersfield facts.

Bakersfield Museum of Art
Immerse yourself in art at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Stroll along the halls of the 17,400-square-foot museum to discover four distinctive galleries. The curator's discerning eye brings together an impressive and relevant collection of permanent and traveling installations featuring drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and ceramics. All works featured span several centuries.

Address: 1930 R Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 - MAP
Phone: (661) 323-7219
Web: www.bmoa.org

The Kern County Museum
Step back into time at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield. Explore a museum dedicated to preserving the history of Kern County through award winning, interactive exhibits. Travel across an authentic 16-acre Pioneer Village and discover oil at the Black Gold: The Oil Experience exhibit, to name just a few.

Address: 3801 Chester Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 - MAP
Phone: (661) 852-5000
Web: www.kcmuseum.org

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
Sharktooth Hill is famous for million year-old fossils, and many of them are on display at the Buena Vista Museum in Bakersfield. The highlight of the collection is a five star skeletal fossil that is the 10,000,000-year-old ancestor of today's flipper-footed marine mammal friends, the seal, sea lions, and walruses.

Address: 2018 Chester Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 - MAP
Phone: (661) 324-6350
Web: www.sharktoothhill.org

Minter Field Air Museum
Airplane aficionados fly high at the Minter Field Air Museum. The premier high-flying museum boasts the honorable distinction as the official home base for many restoration companies that specialize in warbirds and antiques. Visitors can see WWII aircrafts, including Stearmans, Ryans, Stinsons, North American AT-6's, and a P-15 Mustang.

Address: 401 Vultee Street Shafter, CA 93263 - MAP
Phone: (661) 393-0291
Web: www.minterfieldairmuseum.com

Buck Owen's Crystal Palace Museum
Come explore a country legend at the Buck Owens' Crystal Palace Museum in Bakersfield. Check out all the memorabilia that Buck Owens has collected over the years, including six iconic guitars used to create his signature album sound, concert customs, and personal photo albums showing pictures of his life, career, and celebrity friends.

Address: 2800 Buck Owens Boulevard Bakersfield, CA 93308 - MAP
Phone: (661) 328-7560
Web: www.buckowens.com

Lori Brock Children's Discovery Museum
Learning is fun for children at the Lori Brock Children's Discovery Museum in Bakersfield. Children like to role play at a bank, a library, and veterinarians office to learn about different careers in their community at Kid City; kids can also discover their artistic talents at Art Safari. You'll find dozens of interactive exhibits at this one-of-a-kind museum.

Address: 3801 Chester Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 - MAP
Phone: (661) 868-8400
Web: www.kcmuseum.org