Kern County Museum exists to showcase the history of this remarkable part of California.

Visiting Hours


Closed: Monday & Tuesday
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
No new admission accepted after 3:30 pm
Black Gold is open Wednesday-Sunday 9am-4pm

Transportation Exhibit is open Saturday & Sunday 10:00-3:30

Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Closed on all Federal Holidays.

Occasionally closed for special events and private functions. See Calendar of Events or call for more information.

About The Museum

Founded in 1941, the Kern County Museum provides interpretive experiences through historical objects that tell significant stories about Kern County life. The museum provides a meaningful learning environment for visitors of all ages and showcases the unique importance of the region in shaping the history of California and the nation.

Check Out Our Mobile App!

We have a new mobile app for the Kern County Museum that contains exclusive histories and photographs of the 50+ historic buildings located at the Kern County Museum’s Pioneer Village. The Kern County Museum app will enhance your experience while exploring Pioneer Village. Through the app you have access to extra information about our historic structures and exclusive photos from the museum’s personal collection. Simply enter the stop number located on the informational sign outside of the building you are viewing, or search through the list of buildings, click, and enjoy! The app is available for free on the Apple app store and the Google play store.

Venue Rental

Kern County Museum offers venue rentals for parties, corporate events and more. We have several areas throughout the grounds available to meet the needs of your next event. For large events, we even offer full ground rentals. Call us today for pricing and availability or click the links below for more information.


Corporate Events

Kern County Museum

Full Ground Rentals

Neon Courtyard Kern County Museum


Lori Brock Discovery Center

 The Lori Brock Discovery Center offers a fun and exciting place for your children to learn through play. Our team focuses on teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Visit the Discovery Center on your next family outing and discover all it has to offer!

A Place for children to Learn Through Play

The Lori Brock Discovery Center is a place for children of all ages to learn, explore, and have fun!

Within the doors of Lori Brock you’ll find The Makers Annex and STEAM Town where kiddos can use their imagination and learn through creative play.

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Kern County Museum Lecture Series

Kern County Museum Lecture Series

Lecture Series

The Kern County Museum offers lectures for adults on the first and third Wednesday in February – May and August – November.

All lectures take place at the Kern County Museum at 6:00 pm.

$10 admission; $5 student admission; Free for Museum members.

For more information call 661-437-3330.

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Support Us

The Kern County Museum is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; we offer volunteer opportunities and accept donations (tax-deductible) from local businesses and residents. Consider becoming an annual member of the Museum! Find more information below.


Find out more about our annual memberships.


Learn about our various volunteer programs at the Museum.


We make it easy to send a donation right online!

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