Pioneer Village

Set amid 16 beautiful acres, Pioneer Village features over 60 historic structures and exhibits depicting the history and culture of Kern County, California and the West. Visitors can explore the exhibits and discover the past at their own pace on a self-guided tour in this village-like setting. Pioneer Village features over 50 historic structures and exhibits depicting the history of Kern County, California, and the West set amid 16-acres of beautiful grounds. Visitors can explore and discover the past at their own pace in this village like setting.

Aera Energy Gallery

Enter the Kern County Museum through the Aera Energy Gallery. The welcome center's exhibit, The History of the Golden Empire, provides an overview of the history of Kern County. Pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, located in the Gallery, on the way out! 

Black Gold: The Oil Experience

The 9,640-square foot interactive exhibition, and the 2 surrounding acres, presents an overview of  the oil industry in Kern County. 

Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center

The Discovery Center provides a special place for children to learn through play, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Build like an engineer in the Chevron Maker Annex or discover science and imagination in the Adventure Zone! 

Bakersfield Sound

Bakersfield has a sound all its own! This collection features stage costumes, sheet music, instruments and other memorabilia from some of the most influential voices of the era including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Red Simpson, Bonnie Owens, Fuzzy Owen and many  more.

Neon Courtyard

A collection of restored neon signs from Bakersfield's iconic restaurants, shops and businesses. A remarkable setting for a wedding or event! 


Haggard House

The childhood home of country music legend, Merle Haggard. Originally converted in 1935 from a 1910 refrigerator railroad car, this exhibit features heirlooms provided by the Haggard family.  

Tejon Ranch Gallery

Opening Fall 2017. Located in the Jim Burke Plaza adjacent to the Beale Memorial Clocktower. This gallery will feature rotating exhibits throughout the year. More information coming soon.

Raymond A. Watson Historic Vehicle Exhibit - COMING SOON! 

From horse-drawn to motorized vehicles, this exceptional collection dates back to the late 1800s.