3540 Rosedale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93308-6229
Phone: (661) 326-1111
Fax: (661) 326-1513
Arts & Museums
This establishment is a natural history museum located in Bakersfield, California, in the Arts District in the downtown area. The focus areas of the museum include geology, anthropology and paleontology. Originally founded in the year 1995, it was centered around the largest collection of Miocene fossils in the region. It moved to its current downtown location later. The main exhibits of the museum include Mary Ernst collection of Miocene fossil, taxidermy animals, replica of a yokuts Indian village, a model of Yosemite Valley, several other artifacts, and an interactive center.
The Bakersfield region of California boasts of the terrific Kern County Museum. The historically significant museum site was erected and established in 1941. The museum focuses on displaying the history of the Kern County. The Beale Memorial Clock Tower, sited in the scenic lawn needs a special mention. The museum can be actively toured from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a to 5 p, while the Sunday timings are 12 p to 5 p. It swanks of a distinct range of collections and ensures enormous crowds of visitors each year.
Spanning over 17,400 square feet (1616 square meters), the Bakersfield Museum of Art is a visual treat for art lovers. It features two large galleries and two smaller ones of stunning art mainly from regional artists as well traveling exhibitions. The museum also has several lovely, well-manicured gardens which display various sculptures and other media. In addition, the two classrooms and banquet hall within the building make this the perfect place for hosting weddings, mini-conferences and receptions. The museum is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00a to 4:00p, and weekends between 12:00p to 4:00p. Museum entrance fees for the public are USD5 for adults, USD2 for children and USD4 for senior citizens.
California Living Museum or CALM aims to showcase, preserve and protect the indigenous plant and animal life of California. Established in 1980, the zoo and outdoor museum was originally meant as a shelter and safe haven for injured animals. The facility opened to the public as a zoo in 1983. Notable animal species at the facility include the Desert Bighorn Sheep, Desert Tortoise, Ringtail Cat and Screech Owl. The zoo also has an animal-adoption program, where members of the general public can choose to take care of a specific species through donation. There's an on-site gift store as well.