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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

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Fun place to learn about Kern County past and resources.

I went as part of a class trip with 3rd graders. The docent had great knowledge of the artifacts... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2018
Elizabeth S
Great educational family fun

My daughter and I went there on a weekday and learn do much about the history of Kern County. The... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Gayle H
Bakersfield, California
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2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4420
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

I went as part of a class trip with 3rd graders. The docent had great knowledge of the artifacts and history. There is a lot to look at and do for all ages. It is not all easily accessible without docents but doing it on...More

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 19 June 2018

My daughter and I went there on a weekday and learn do much about the history of Kern County. The Yokut Indians were a wonderful exhibit. There were many animal taxidermist. Many hands on displays for the kids. A wonderful way to spend two hours...More

Thank Gayle H
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Great place to take family. My granddaughter took a field trip with the school, and had a good time. Learned a lot about native wildlife and animals! Tule Elk , coyotes, birds and reptiles are on site!

Thank Pam Q
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This small museum is located in an older building off of Chester Ave, but it is full of great exhibits! The first floor has models (some may be taxidermy) of animals from Africa and a few local critters too, a great shark exhibit with various...More

1  Thank Misty D
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This is buena vista museum, a nice hometown museum. Lots of fossils, rocks, history. I'd recommend visiting early in the day.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This is a small but worth the stop. If you are staying in Bakersfeild and want something that will keep the kids busy for an hour or so .. this will work. We went on $2 day, so worth it.

1  Thank Trish S
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Natural History Museum with varied interests from fossils and geology to mounted specimens of many species from all continents and early natives of California

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Reviewed 25 November 2016

Located in an unassuming building in Bakersfiled's downtown, the Buena Vista Museum offers three floors of very interesting and very distinctly different displays. My children, ages 7 & 5 years, enjoyed seeing the animal displays. Especially the large shark jaw. There is a step where...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We took our class here and it was fabulous. They covered Social studies as well as Science content for our class. Knowledgeable staff, friendly and great with kids. Hard to believe there is a place like this in Bakersfield!

Thank CinAndy
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I specifically came to this museum to see the famous fossils from Bakersfield CA and indeed they have a wonderful representation of these fossils including some huge and colorful Makos, impressive Megs (natually!) and a remarkable articulated sea lion skeleton. What I was not expecting...More

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