WELCOME TO THE 

BUENA VISTA MUSEUM

 

WELCOME TO THE 

BUENA VISTA MUSEUM

 

Come see what's new!

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

Right in the heart of downtown Bakersfield!

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Museum Store

Shop our fossil guides,

books, STEM kits and more!

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Take a Journey  to the     MIOCENE

Featured Events

  • Senior Day
    Sat, Oct 08
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
    Oct 08, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Admission for seniors (60+) is only $2
  • Paleo Workshop with Mark Hodson
    Sat, Oct 15
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
    Oct 15, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Join Mark Hodson for hands-on advanced training in identification, field and lab preparation as well as preservation and restoration techniques for paleontological specimens. Space is limited, reserve your spot now by calling (661) 324-6350. $35 members, $50 non-members.
  • Tim Elam: Roadside Geology of the Kern County Mountains
    Oct 01, 1:30 PM
    Bakersfield, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    Join geologist Tim Elam for a geologic/photographic tour of Highway 58, Highway 178, Interstate 5, Highway 33, Highway 14, and other roads that travel through Kern County mountains. You can easily spot features mentioned above while driving to the Central Coast, LA, Lake Isabella or Tehachapi!
  • Just For Kids: Science enrichment program for kids and parents.
    Oct 01, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Bakersfield, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    All ages welcome. Topic and activity TBA. No additional fee, just the regular museum admission (free for members).
  • Family Day!
    Sat, Oct 01
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
    Oct 01, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
    All day, All ages, 2 Adults and up to 6 kids only $20
  • Meet the Expert, Biology: Dr. Amber Stokes VIRTUAL EVENT
    Sep 29, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
    Online Virtual Event
    Join Dr. Amber Stokes studies the rough skinned newt and its toxin tetrodotoxin (TTX). Newts use TTX to defend themselves from predators, but there is little known about where or how they acquire the toxin.

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!