Our Mission

Celebrating the History and Culture of Kern County

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.

The Museum has been collecting pieces of Kern County history since 1929. Thousands of historical and cultural artifacts are displayed in more than 60 historic buildings on 16 beautifully landscaped acres. Treasures such as a one room school, a general store, jail, oil derrick, and seven historic homes join Native American, Bakersfield Sound, mining, agriculture and railroad exhibits. From California’s Gold Rush, through its settlement and development, to the crucial oil industry of today, the state’s rich heritage can be experienced in one convenient and central location.

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