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

Visiting Hours

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

Closed Exhibits:
Howell House
Aera Energy Gallery
Black Gold

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

June 1st closed for the Ronald McDonald Walk

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.

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


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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