Become a member


It's easy to become a member of the Kern County Museum.  As a member you will enjoy free general admission to the museum. If you like to visit other local and national museums, you can visit many of those for free, as well. Members also receive discounts on special event tickets, discounts on gift store merchandise, and get to attend weekly museum programming (Dance Nights, Historical Nights, Kids Saturdays, etc.) for free (unless otherwise noted). Memberships help the museum to bring fantastic programs and events to Kern County schools, citizens, and visitors. It also helps us to preserve the diverse and rich history of Kern County.


Volunteer


You can volunteer in many different ways!

School Tours

Teach students the history of Kern County and the West. It is our volunteers that bring Native American Life, One Room School, Frontier Life, Black Gold: The Oil Experience, and Pioneer Village to life.

Curatorial Services

Assist with the preservation of historic photographs, researching Kern County history, exhibit production, and more.

Museum Operations

Operations volunteers help with building and grounds maintenance, assist gift store staff, participate in Kern County Museum events,  and clerk various exhibits.

Costumed Interpreters

Wear period costumes as you interpret the history of the businesses, homes, and people of Kern County, giving visitors a true understanding of that life was like for past residents. Perfect for local actors or performers. No acting experience is required.

Marketing

Have a flair for advertising and promotion? Our Marketing Department is continually seeks enthusiastic and creative individuals to assist with tasks ranging from graphic design, photography, videography, event flyer distribution, and more. For more information, please contact Zachary Gonzalez at zachary@kerncountymuseum.org.


Donate


There are many ways to donate to the Kern County Museum.  You can of course make a monetary donation by mail, in our gift shop, or by clicking the link below. You can also become a member or volunteer.  But did you know we also have a wish list of items and services that we're always looking for?  We would love the generosity of a gift of any of the items on our wish list below:

ACORNS

Acorns are needed for use in our Native American Life program.  As part of the program, kids experience what it was like to grind acorns with simple tools available at the time.

INTERIOR / EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT

Interior and exterior latex paint is needed to help us keep up with our constant painting needs inside Pioneer Village.

NAILS

Along the same lines, we are always looking for nails of all shapes and sizes.  It's amazing how many things we have to keep hammering into place all the time.

OFFICE SUPPLIES

Pens, paper, ink, and paper clips. You name it, the museum could use it.