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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

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A treasure in downtown Bakersfield

We love this place. I have two teens and this place is full of wonders. We see something new every... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bakersfield, California
Hidden gem

This museum is truely a hidden gem, located downtown off chester ave. Once inside youll be amazed... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Bakersfield, California
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2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4420
+1 661-324-6350
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Reviewed 21 March 2015

It's easy to overlook this gem of a museum, located in the main part of town on Chester Ave. From the outside it looks just like a regular storefront. Inside, there are 3 floors with everything from Asian & North American animal exhibits to Fluorescent...More

5  Thank Gwynyth
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this place. I have two teens and this place is full of wonders. We see something new every time. Really reasonable too. If you get the Calm membership, this place is free.

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Reviewed 6 September 2018

I visited this museum with my children and was pleasantly surprised with the variety of animals on display. We couldn’t touch them but seeing their true size and large teeth and big eyes was impressive. Loved the zebra, bear, lion.... Upstairs there were many rocks,...More

Thank Faith C
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

This museum is truely a hidden gem, located downtown off chester ave. Once inside youll be amazed by howmuch is actually inside. Each segment is presented with impressive quality and information. So much more to the natural history of our area than most people realize....More

Thank sbj545
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.

Thank reemahglobal89
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 816latrisha
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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