Updates to BVM's Response to COVID-19

Updated April 4, 2020

Dear Museum Members and Friends,
We hope this update finds you and your family safe and healthy. Currently, the museum and all scheduled events will be cancelled or postponed until further notice. We are carefully watching the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and like you we miss our daily routine. Typically, the month of April is one of the busiest times for the museum. With school tours almost every day, science enrichment sessions, fundraisers and special events! We miss it all!  Even though we are closed to the public, the Board and Staff are working on ways for the museum to survive this unprecedented time. Please be assured that we will open as soon as it is safe and healthy for all.  Until then, we are working on a series of mini lectures and science experiment videos that we hope to have available through our website very soon.  If this is something that interests you, for yourself and/or your children, please keep an eye on 

For our Members, please know while we are closed, your membership is on hold.  We appreciate your support and will be extending your membership for the time that we are closed. This will give you a little extra time to enjoy the museum after we reopen. If you are looking to support the museum by renewing or becoming a new member, you can do so by clicking here.  For new members, your membership will be effective on the date the museum reopens and you will also receive an additional month at no extra charge. 
We thank all those who have continued to send in your donations and provide support for the museum during these challenging times.  We have some GOOD NEWS! The Matching 25K Donor has extended the time through July. We know a donation might not be possible for some at this time, however if you are inclined to support the museum please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the museum during the matching grant challenge.  Every donation, every dollar all adds up!  Your donation will be matched doubling its value. Click
here to make a donation.
We love our museum and our community! While we feel the struggle now, we will survive to be stronger.  We are already planning fun things for the future. Know that our doors will be open to the public as soon as it considered safe for all.  Our concern at this time is that everyone stays healthy and is enjoying the extra time with their families. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces when we reopen. 
I thank you for your continued support of Buena Vista Museum!
Take care and stay well.  
Koral Hancharick
BVM Executive Director 

Updated March 15, 2020

Dear Museum Friends,


The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science will be closed to the public from March 15 - April 14, 2020.


This decision was not made lightly, but on the recommendation from The California Department of Public Health regarding concerns to help limit exposure of the COVID 19 Virus.  We do not know of any staff or visitors who have been exposed. However, health and safety for all is our main concern. All events scheduled during this time through the museum will be cancelled or postponed to a later date. In addition, BVM will extend membership expiration dates for the closure period. We are taking this one week at a time. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates. We thank you in advance for understanding during unprecedented time.



Koral Hancharick

Executive Director for BVM

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science  |  2018 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301  |  (661) 324-6350

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