Plan Your Visit


Much of the Kern County Museum is set out of doors, and visitors should dress with the weather in mind. Summers in Bakersfield can be quite hot (100+ degrees) so hats, sunscreen, and cool clothing are encouraged. Winters in Bakersfield tend to be fairly mild with some fog and rain.


The Museum is comprised of 16 acres so visitors should expect to walk. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.


Paved paths allow visitors of all abilities to enjoy the 16-acre Museum. Wheelchairs (non-motorized) are available in the Museum Store free of charge.¬†Interpretive and wayfinding signage are located adjacent to the paths. In addition, the downstairs of the Howell House (during tours), Black Gold: The Oil Experience, Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center, and the Main Gallery are all easily accessible by wheelchair.

Nearby Lodging

Several hotels are conveniently located off of Highway 99 and in downtown Bakersfield – just minutes away from the Kern County Museum.


For your convenience, snacks are available in the Museum Store. Vending machines are located on the grounds. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Outdoor picnic tables are available, or visitors may want to bring blanket and sit on the lawn under one of the Museum’s many shade trees. Food and drinks are not allowed in the exhibit buildings. Downtown Bakersfield is also home to a number of Nearby Restaurants.


Photography is by permission only. Please contact Rentals department at (661) 868-8411 to arrange a photography appointment.


Service dogs are allowed on the museum grounds.

Have Fun!


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Meseum’s Grounds download/view
Printable map of the Museum’s grounds (need AdobeAcrobat)
Visitors Guide download/view
Download Kern County Museum Visitor’s Guide

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