Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, Bakersfield

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, Bakersfield (must see)

The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum in Bakersfield, California. It is located in the Arts district, downtown. The museum focuses on three areas: Geology, Anthropology, and Paleontology.

The museum was originally founded in 1995. The museum was centered around the Bob and Mary Ernst Collection of Miocene fossils from Shark Tooth Hill. It is the largest collection of Miocene fossils from that location. Originally the museum was housed out of a small space in the California Living Museum (CALM). The collection would continue to grow, encompassing areas outside of Kern County. Because of the growth, the museum would move several times before arriving at the current location in downtown.

The centerpiece of the museum is the Mary Ernst Collection of Miocene fossils from Shark Tooth Hill. Other exhibits include: collection of taxidermy animals from Africa, replica of a triceratops skull, replica of a yokuts Indian village, and a model of Yosemite Valley complete with roads, buildings, and trails.
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Sight Name: Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
Sight Location: Bakersfield, USA (See walking tours in Bakersfield)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Bakersfield Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles