Bakersfield, California: Merle Haggard's Boxcar Home, Black Gold Oil ExhibitOutdoor village of restored pioneer buildings, including Merle Haggard's boyhood boxcar home (undergoing restoration until April 2017), and a large exhibit on "Black Gold: The Oil Experience." Neon sign courtyard.
Kern Pioneer Village
- 3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA
- Kern Pioneer Village. Hwy 99 exit to Hwy 178 east toward downtown Bakersfield. Turn left on Chester Ave. through the Garces Circle. A half-mile north on the left at the clock tower.
- Tu-Sa 9-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Merle Haggard's Boxcar Home, Black Gold Oil Exhibit
They don't allow you to take photos of any kind unless your camera is a phone camera or similar (unless you pay $150 for a photo membership).[Justin Winokur, 08/28/2015]
Kern County Museum - Oil
The Black Gold exhibit is cool; you get to go in a submersible and see all kinds of layers in the Earth that make oil. Fun to walk around and pop into the buildings.[Kris Hachadourian, 12/27/2012]
"California's Best and Most Interactive Oil Museum" features a village of transplanted historical buildings, and an exhibit named "Black Gold: The Oil Experience."