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The Kern Valley Museum

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Address: 49 Big Blue Road, Kernville, CA 93238
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+1 760-376-6683

Revisit the Old West: Native American art, local brands, movies filmed in...

Revisit the Old West: Native American art, local brands, movies filmed in the Valley, art gallery, pioneer photos, mining equipment, mountain cabin, Graham Truck, stagecoach and lots more. Friendly docents will give you a guided tour and it's all free!

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Gem of a local museum

Anyone who is interested in Kern county history will find a wealth of information here at the Kern Valley Museum.

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San Gabriel, California
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San Gabriel, California
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Anyone who is interested in Kern county history will find a wealth of information here at the Kern Valley Museum.

Thank Vagabond_32
Durham, New Hampshire, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a free museum and has a lot of neat things from the area. You can go through the museum quickly or spend an hour or so. The staff are all volunteers and have a lot of knowledge. Definitely worth going through.

Thank dianad860
Ridgecrest, California
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41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great little museum. My Grandfather used to work the mines around kernville and it was nice to see that they even had maps of the mines. They even had an old organ that they let us play. Very friendly staff and clean museum. Highly Recommended.

Thank thezone999
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I am new to kern valley, my boyfriend and his family recently move to kern. We went to the museum on 1/28/17, it was awesome , all the old cowboy movie where film their . GUN SMOKE,RIFLEMAN BONANZA, SO MUCH MORE, dinosaur fossil, gold mines, there is a RICH history, the staff are very knowledgeable ,friendly, please go and check... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

The Kern Valley Museum is an excellent repository of local history. Exhibits include the expected: western settlement, mining, aartifacts, wagons and carriages, etc; also the unexpected, particularly about a thriving movie industry back in the black-and-white days. The docents are highly knowledgeable, and happy to tell you about what you're looking at and answer questions. The museum sometimes has special... More 

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Stevenson Ranch, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We were really glad we stopped in to check out this museum. There was a lot of great information packed into that building. Well done!

Thank Hhogelund
Dianna A, Curator at The Kern Valley Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much! As an all volunteer museum, we appreciate your feedback! Please come back and see us again. More 

Newbury Park, California
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

They did a beautiful job at displaying items in each room of the museum. The collection of they have in back of the horse drawn carriages and the room of how the living quarters were back in the day. It's a must see!!! Biggest collection I've seen.

Thank Diana D
lake isabella, ca
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

while in the area, this is a must see as it portrays a vast history of the kern river valley and all that has taken place here for over a hundred years. the visitor friendly displays are a must see as well. the volunteer staff have always been friendly. do keep track of the kiddies as many displays can be... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

If you love history this is one of the best places to get it! Or if you are from this great little town stop in and see who your ancestors are!

Thank Melinda W
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

I love museums, and this one is GREAT-----mostly because it's mainly confined to the Kern River Valley history. There's a whole room devoted to the movie industry and all the movies that have been shot locally. Many of the old TV westerns were done in the area. There's a lot devoted to local Native Americans with lots of artifacts. Also,... More 

Thank Bill D
Dianna A, Curator at The Kern Valley Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a nice review! We work hard to teach folks about the diverse history of our area. More 

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