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

The Kern County Museum will be closed between
July 24-26, due to the extreme temperatures,
re-opening July 27 & 28. 

Prescheduled camps will take place indoors.

Visiting Hours

Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
No admission after 3:30 pm

Closed Exhibits:

Black Gold

Closed ALL Federal Holidays: New Years, Easter, fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas day.
Occasionally closed for special events.


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.


Take a walk through history at the Kern County Museum! Thousands of historic and cultural artifacts are displayed in more than 56 historic buildings on 16 beautifully landscaped areas. From California’s Gold Rush, through its settlement and development, to the crucial oil and agriculture industries of today, the state’s rich heritage can be experienced in one convenient and central location at the Kern County Museum.

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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