Exploring California's Culture in the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield

Anne Bonfert

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Summer isn't all just about lying on the beach and tanning in the sun. For those not liking sand and sea, there's a lot to do in the cities as well. Bakersfield got lots of museums to offer for all the culture lovers out there.

One of those museums is the Kern County Museum displaying the region and California's history.

It all started in 1929 when County Chamber requested from its citizens to donate historical materials. And the response was huge. Families brought countless items and papers documenting the Kern County history. The museum was then founded in 1941 with the mission to

"collect, preserve, research, and present the history and culture of Kern County for the education and enjoyment of the public." - Kern County Museum

Slowly but surely the museum grew as a tourist attraction and got buildings added to it to be able to display all the artifacts and historic material they had collected.

Today the museum contains more than 50 buildings only in the outdoor complex, which is also called the Pioneer Village. These buildings represent the life of the people in the valley and historic structures. The museum's guideline runs along with the vision of lifelong learning and offers therefore a variety of programs and events. Adjusted to the different age groups there is something for everyone.

During the years of operation of the museum, a discovery center had been founded. The Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center is a unique place for children within the museum. They can learn through play and focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Children can build like an engineer and let their imagination free in the adventure zone.

One of the most remarkable structures of the museum is a clock tower that had been destroyed during the earthquake in 1952 but got rebuild inside the museum in 1964. The Beale Memorial Clock Tower is a popular destination for visitors.

Another exhibit within the museum is called "Black Gold". This area displays the oil industry of the region and one of its highlights is a simulated journey under the sea in order to learn how oil is formed.

So, take time when visiting Bakersfield, and don't forget to bring your children along when exploring the museum. This is everything else but a usual museum, it's entertaining, attractive, and occupies your young ones in a creative way while you can stroll through the countless buildings of history.


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