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Explore the local wildlife from 15 million years ago! During the Miocene epoch, Bakersfield was covered by an ocean and home to the giant megalodon!
North American Animals
Experience the rich variety of North American wildlife
von Zittel Illustrations
One of the largest collections of antique teaching scrolls by one of the preeminent paleontologists of the late 1800s
Native American Lifeways
The Yokuts were some of the earliest people to call California's central valley home! Learn more about the history and traditional knowledge of the Yokuts and other native peoples.
Rocks & Minerals
Discover the geological beauty of the Earth's rocks and minerals
The "Oh" Zone
Learn through play at this hands-on, interactive science discovery center. It is sure to spark the minds of both the young and the young at heart.
Discover the spectacular diversity of life with over 50 up close and personal specimens from the African continent
Get your dinosaur fix on the upper floor!