Bakersfield, California: Merle Haggard's Boxcar Home, Black Gold Oil Exhibit

Outdoor 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

Address:
3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA
Directions:
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.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 9-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
661-437-3330
Admission:
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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]

In the submersible.

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."

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