WELCOME TO THE 

BUENA VISTA MUSEUM

 

WELCOME TO THE 

BUENA VISTA MUSEUM

 

BVM has Reopened!

Come see what's new!

Anatomy, Astronomy, Archeology, Anthropology, Biology, Geology and Paleontology

Right in the heart of downtown Bakersfield!

Check out our Online

Museum Store

Shop our fossil guides,

books, STEM kits and more!

BVM Masks Now Available!

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Take a Journey  to the     MIOCENE

Featured Events

Science Saturday

Last Saturday of every month, April-August

  • Science Enrichment Day: Yokuts Lifeways
    Thu, Jun 30
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
    Jun 30, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Join Mark Hodson to learn about how the local Yokuts tribe lived quite well using the resources they found in nature. We'll explore making things from these same natural materials. Age 8+ recommended. Space is limited. Call museum to reserve.
  • Tim Elam: Geology of California
    Sat, Jul 16
    Bakersfield
    Jul 16, 3:00 PM
    Bakersfield, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Join geologist Tim Elam for a rich photographic overview of the geology of California. Learn how California's most spectacular, beautiful, and unusual landforms were formed and how some of these geologic activities continue today.
  • Science Saturday
    Sat, Jul 30
    Bakersfield
    Jul 30, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Bakersfield, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Last Saturday of each month (April-August)! Come and learn about science with hands-on science demonstrations from our very own community science groups, organizations and vendors. Regular admission price also includes access to the entire museum including the newly reopened Oh-Zone Discovery Area!
  • Science Saturday
    Sat, Jun 25
    Bakersfield
    Jun 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Bakersfield, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Last Saturday of each month (April-August)! Come and learn about science with hands-on science demonstrations from our very own community science groups, organizations and vendors. Regular admission price also includes access to the entire museum including the newly reopened Oh-Zone Discovery Area!
  • Science Enrichment Day: Eat like the Yokuts
    Thu, Jun 23
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
    Jun 23, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Join Mark Hodson to learn about the diet of the local Yokuts tribes before Europeans arrived. Not only will we learn about what these peoples ate, but we’ll sample foods prepared in the same ways. Age 8+ recommended. Space is limited. Call museum to reserve.
  • Science Enrichment Day: Astronomy
    Thu, Jun 16
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
    Jun 16, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    This class is out of this world! Students will learn about the orbital relationships between moon, planets and suns. Each student will take home a self-created hanging replica of solar system. Age 8+ recommended. Space is limited. Call museum to reserve.
  • Science Enrichment Day: Sharks
    Thu, Jun 09
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
    Jun 09, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Students will explore how different species of sharks hunt and live in their respective environments. Each student will complete and take home a shark puppet with a mouth that opens and closes, demonstrating sharks’ hunting behaviors. Age 8+ recommended. Space is limited. Call museum to reserve.

Become a Member

BVM members are kind of a big deal!

Members help support the mission of BVM to educate, engage, and inspire our community to explore the wonders of science through enrichment activities, exhibits, and special programs.

Unlimited free regular admission to the museum for one year

Free admission to local reciprocal museums and over 600 ASTC museums worldwide! 

Free admission to "Just for Kids" educational programs and monthly science talks

Eligibility to participate in Paleo-Digs at Sharktooth Hill

Discounts on summer science camps and winter enrichment sessions

Discounts on other museum events and in the museum store

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Special Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!