Pioneer Village

Set amid 16 beautiful acres, Pioneer Village features over 50 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. 

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

This exhibition tells the story of oil, from its formation, through its discovery and many extraction techniques, to its ultimate use throughout our lives.

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 railroad car refrigerator, this exhibit features heirlooms provided by the Haggard family.

Tejon Ranch Gallery

This Western-inspired gallery features exhibits pertaining to Kern County’s rich and diverse history.  Currently on display is a collection of photographs taken in the late 1880s in Kern County by renowned American Landscape photographer, Carleton E. Watkins.

Raymond A. Watson Transportation Exhibit

Enjoy the history of transportation in Kern County with 40 horse-drawn and early motorized vehicles primarily from the estate of Harry West. The vehicles range from stage coaches to simple farm wagons, from early automobiles to early fire and oil delivery trucks.