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The Central Valley Sights

Kern County Museum and Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center

  • 3801 Chester Ave. Map It
  • Bakersfield
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/08/2015

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This 16-acre site is one of the Central Valley's top museum complexes. The indoor-outdoor Kern County Museum is an open-air, walk-through historic village with more than 55 restored or re-created buildings dating from the 1860s to the 1940s. "Black Gold: The Oil Experience," a permanent exhibit, shows how oil is created, discovered, extracted, and transformed for various uses. The Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center, for ages eight and younger, has hands-on displays and an indoor playground.

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3801 Chester Ave., at 38th St., Bakersfield, California, 93301, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Mar.–Nov., Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. noon–5; Dec.–Feb., Mon.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. noon–4

Updated 05/08/2015


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