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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Bakersfield Museum of Art
Bakersfield Museum of Art

(661) 323-7219

1930 R St
Bakersfield, CA 93301   Directions Website

Art buffs hang out at the Bakersfield Museum of Art to appreciate permanent collections from renowned regional artists, and view rare traveling exhibits such as Lethal Beauty; Samurai Weapons and Armor, displaying the compelling duality of deadly weaponry forged with artistic beauty. Release your inner artist by signing up for one of the museum's art classes or workshops.

Buena Vista Museum
Buena Vista Museum

(661) 324-6350

2018 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301   Directions Website

Sharktooth Hill is famous for million year-old fossils, and many of them are on display at the Buena Vista Museum in Bakersfield. The highlight of the collection is a five star skeletal fossil that is the 10,000,000-year-old ancestor of today's flipper-footed marine mammal friends, the seal, sea lions, and walruses.

California Living Museum | CALM
California Living Museum | CALM

(661) 872-2256

10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93306   Directions Website

Calm your wild interest at the California Living Museum, known by locals as CALM, the state's premier native zoo and garden. Discover a wild kingdom adventure teeming with animals, plants, fossils, artifacts, and attractions ready to capture a wild amount of respect for all living things through education, recreation, and conservation.

Kern County Museum
Kern County Museum

(661) 437-3330

3801 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301   Directions Website

Step back into time at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield. Explore a museum dedicated to preserving the history of Kern County through award winning, interactive exhibits. Travel across an authentic 16-acre Pioneer Village and discover oil at the Black Gold: The Oil Experience exhibit, to name just a few.

Lori Brock Children's Discovery Museum
Lori Brock Children's Discovery Museum

(661) 437-3330

3801 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301   Directions Website

Learning is fun for children at the Lori Brock Children's Discovery Museum in Bakersfield. Children like to role play at a bank, a library, and veterinarians office to learn about different careers in their community at Kid City; kids can also discover their artistic talents at Art Safari. You'll find dozens of interactive exhibits at this one-of-a-kind museum.

Minter Field Air Museum
Minter Field Air Museum

(661) 393-0291

401 Vultee St
Shafter, CA 93263   Directions Website

Airplane aficionados fly high at the Minter Field Air Museum. The premier high-flying museum boasts the honorable distinction as the official home base for many restoration companies that specialize in warbirds and antiques. Visitors can see WWII aircrafts, including Stearmans, Ryans, Stinsons, North American AT-6's, and a P-15 Mustang.

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