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 new entrance in the historic Kern County Chamber of Commerce building. This new welcome center, funded by Aera Energy, features The History of the Golden Empire exhibit, which is comprised of five interactive pods detailing the history of Kern County and the significance of its oil and agriculture. Guests can easily access the Bakersfield Sound exhibit and Gift Shop from the Aera Energy Gallery.
Black Gold: The Oil Experience
The 9,640-square foot interactive exhibition (and surrounding 2.3 acres) present a complete overview of how oil is created, different methods of discovery, extraction throughout history, and the changing role of industry workers and their families.
Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center
The Lori Brock Discovery Center is an interactive children's museum that has STEM based learning tools. The discovery center provides a special place for kids to learn through play. Get creative with building like an engineer in Maker Annex. Experiment and discover science in Adventure Zone.
See rare artifacts from the growth of one of the most influential sounds in music - the Bakersfield Sound. Our collection includes stage costumes, sheet music, instruments and other memorabilia from some of the most influential voices of the era including Red Simpson, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens, Fuzzy Owen and many more!
A growing collection of neon signs from a variety of Bakersfield's local iconic restaurants, shops, and more. All of our neon signs are lovingly restored to working order. This space also features a beautiful rose garden and outdoor venue space.
Our newest addition to Pioneer Village was once the childhood home of country legend, Merle Haggard. Originally converted from a (1910 refrigerator) railroad car in 1935, this exhibit includes family heirlooms that were lovingly provided by Lillian Haggard Rea (Merle's sister) on behalf of the Haggard Family. Restoration was led by Historical Architect George Taylor Louden, AIA, of Los Angeles who was hired by the Kern County Museum. The historical preservation and restoration work was funded from the Cynthia Lake Charitable Trust.
Raymond A. Watson Historic Vehicle Exhibit
Opening Winter 2017. This new exhibit will feature over 80 antique vehicles from various decades, and will be located in the Neon Courtyard. More information coming soon.
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.