“Get hands on with Black Gold”
Founded in 1941, the Kern County Museum features Pioneer Village, the award winning hands-on oil exhibition Black Gold: The Oil Experience, and the Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center for youth eight and under. The Main Gallery, housed in the historic Chamber of Commerce building, is home to the Museum’s changing exhibits, reference library, and collections storage. The outdoor complex contains more than 50 buildings, including historic structures that represent different aspects of the County’s history, a gift shop, and several facilities for administration, maintenance of the grounds, exhibits, and artifacts. The Museum supports the concept of lifelong learning, offering a variety of programs targeted to specific ages and interests, along with programs families can enjoy together. A community-wide festival celebrating the culinary delights and health benefits of Kern County nuts – almonds, pistachios, pecans and walnuts – will take place June 7, 2014. There will be “nuttin’ but fun” at the Kern County Nut Festival, which is patterned after large festivals such as the Gilroy Garlic Festival. This food and fun fest will feature events such as cooking demonstrations, signature food dishes, nutty concoctions, music, dancing, crafts, art, agricultural exhibits, games, health information, contests and other “nutty activities.
Pioneer Village' as it used to be called is one of the best "local area" preservation / historic museums of its kind anywhere. Do not let the "museum" Monique scare you off. This is not your typical museum' unless you want to call an entire village setting, complete with many historic buildings, a typical museum. This is like a walk back into a by-gone time with all the authentic buildings, most of which you can walk through, and the many,many period photos, especially the large historic oil exhibits.
I grew up going to this place, and have spent many days there with my children as they were growing up. I still enjoy visiting whenever I get the chance. This is by far the best education available regarding the long and varying history of Bakersfield and the Kern County area.
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Kern County Museum
- Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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