General Information


All our school field trips are designed to be age and grade appropriate.

Most programs last one hour (Frontier Life and California History Day are 2 1/2 hour programs, Black Gold: The Oil Experience is a 2 hour program). Any program may be coupled with a self guided tour of the outdoor exhibits or an afternoon visit to the portion of the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center appropriate for your grade level at no additional charge.

Each morning time slot has a fee, so signing up for more than one time slot will require more than one fee. A second tour is $2.00 per child. This ensures that our limited number of programs can serve the widest number of students.

The outdoor exhibits are appropriate for all ages. The age limit for the exhibits at the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center must be observed at all times to reduce damage to the exhibits.


Reservations are required for all groups visiting the Kern County Museum and Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center. Please call Cami Cortez at 661-868-8425 at least two weeks in advance. Teachers are responsible for the control and safety of their class while on museum grounds and for having adequate adult supervision, a minimum of one adult for every ten students. Most educator guides can be downloaded from our website:


3801 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Please call Cami Cortez at 661-868-8425 for information or to book a school tour.


Up to 3 adults for every 10 children are free. Adults over that number pay the student fee. Siblings accompanying the group are charged the student fee. Please be prepared to pay with cash, check, purchase order or credit card. Guest passes and Friends of the Museum membership cards are not valid for school programs.


A large parking lot is located in front of the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center and east of Stramler Park. Buses should park on Chester Avenue facing south or in the Stramler Park portion of the parking lot.


The museum is only partially accessible to the physically challenged. Staff will gladly discuss necessary accomodations for classes with special needs.


Large accessible restrooms are located at the museum’s entrance, Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center and in two locations on the grounds. Adult chaperones will be given complete maps of the grounds upon arrival.


To operate in the most efficient and courteous manner possible, cancellations or changes in the number of students attending must be made at least two weeks in advance of the educational tour. Schools that do not follow this policy may be billed for the full amount of the scheduled tour.


The Museum Store offers an excellent educational opportunity for students. In order to maximize the educational opportunity and ensure each student receives adequate supervision and assistance, we ask for a child to adult ratio of six to one and no more than two groups of students in the store at any one time. Students should know about tax and make only one trip to the register.