Kern County Museum

Find Kern County California museums, such as art museums and galleries, childrens museums, natural history museums, science centers and discovery museums. Museums provide exhibits related to modern and fine arts, history, science and nature, dinosaurs, engineering and more.


20 Mule Team Museum 26962 Twenty Mule Team Road Boron CA 93516 760-762-5810


Air Force Flight Test Center Museum Rosamond Boulevard Edwards AFB CA 93524 661-277-8050

Bakersfield College Art Gallery 1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield CA 93305 661-395-4616

Bakersfield Museum of Art 1930 R Street Bakersfield CA 93301 661-323-7219

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History 2018 Chester Avenue Bakersfield CA 93301 661-324-6350

California Living Museum Calm 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway Bakersfield CA 93306 661-872-2256

California Living Museum Foundation 1300 17th Street Bakersfield CA 93301 661-326-6396

California Museum Air & Space 8001 California City Boulevard California CA 93505 760-373-2007

Colonel Vernon P Saxon Aerospace Museum 26922 Twenty Mule Team Road Boron CA 93516 760-762-6600

Kern County Museum 3801 Chester Avenue Bakersfield CA 93301 661-437-3330

Kern Valley Museum 49 Big Blue Road Kernville CA 93238 760-376-6683

Maturango Museum 100 East Las Flores Avenue Ridgecrest CA 93555 760-375-6900

Minter Field Air Museum 401 Vultee Street Shafter CA 93263 661-393-0291

Native American Cultural Center California 155 Lake Isabella CA 93240 760-549-0800

Randsburg Desert Museum 161 Butte Avenue Randsburg CA 93554 760-371-0965

Ridge Route Communities Museum 6930 Lake Place Frazier Park CA 93225 661-245-7747

Shafter Depot Museum 150 Central Valley Highway Shafter CA 93263 661-746-1557

Tehachapi Depot Museum 101 West Tehachapi Boulevard Tehachapi CA 93561 661-823-1100

Tehachapi Museum 310 South Green Street Tehachapi CA 93561 661-822-8152

Wasco Historical Society Museum 918 6th Street Wasco CA 93280 661-758-8948

About Kern County Museums

Kern County Museums contain a collection of scientific, historical, cultural, or artistic artifacts, specimens, and objects, usually housed within a single building or campus, which is used for research and public education in Kern County, CA. A Museum's collection is both a reflection of prior research efforts and the subject of current and future research. Kern County Museums also make collections and research accessible to the public, at least in part, through Kern County exhibits and educational programs. Museums and their collections may be focused on any one of a vast array of disciplines. Museums in Kern County can serve relatively narrow fields of interest or cover a wide terrain of subject matter.

You may contact Museums for questions about:
  • Kern County Museum exhibits and collections
  • Event and exhibition calendar
  • Kern County Museum tickets
  • Volunteer and employment opportunities
  • Museum donations and membership
Natural History Museums

Kern County Museums of Natural History, which are often found in large metropolitan centers, own massive collections of specimens and items from the natural world, including living and extinct animals and plants, as well as geological objects such as rocks and minerals. Many also collect and display anthropological and archaeological artifacts. Much of the collection of a Museum of Natural History may not be on display.

Art Museums

Kern County Art Museums display works of art in galleries that may be devoted to a diverse range of artists and art genres from various eras, or an Art Museum may focus on specific artists or styles. Art Museums require substantial amounts of funding to both acquire and care for their costly collections.

History Museums

Kern County History Museums are dedicated to preserving and teaching about the past, and may focus on a particular historical event or movement, the history of a region or locality, or an individual of historical significance. Historical Museums may be very small. For example, many local Kern County Historical Societies run History Museums that are essentially a historical home or site converted into a Museum for public viewing. Others may be large and consist of multiple buildings from a historic era, restored and furnished with period pieces.

Children's Museums

Children's Museums in Kern County, California cover a wide range of subject matters, including scientific, historical, and cultural topics, and they are designed to engage the interest and curiosity of children. Exhibits are oriented toward young learners and are far more interactive than other Museums.

Specialty Museums

Kern County Specialty Museums are Museums dedicated to narrowly defined topics of interest. They include Halls of Fame, Toy Museums, Textile Museums, and Wax Museums.