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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History Visit Website

2018 Chester Ave. , Bakersfield , CA  93301   661-324-6350

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History’s (BVMNH) began in 1995 as a small exhibit at California Living Museum (CALM). Through the years the BVMNH has grown tremendously every year. Today the exhibits are housed in a 20,000 square foot building, containing three and half floors, world class specimens, exhibits, classroom/lecture and lab/prep cleaning and storage areas. BVMNH presents the best available display and the largest known display of fossils from the Miocene period (14-15 million years ago). Kern County is home to more than 100 square miles of Miocene fossil beds. The fossils that reside at BVMNH were removed from an area near Sharktooth Hill, northeast of Bakersfield. These are unique and rare fossils; some are one of a kind and not found in the same completeness anywhere else in the world. In addition, BVMNH is home to an impressive display of petrified woods, gem and minerals, a significant North American, African and Asian exotic wild animal exhibits, November 2006 the museum opened a new exhibit “Native American Lifeways”. Within the Native American Lifeways exhibit is a Yokuts Village an interpretive display constructed by the Native American Preservation Council of Kern County, artifacts from many Kern County sights and the NPR1 Collections from the Department of Energy and displayed by CSUB. In September of 2007 the museumopened Phase one of the “Oh! Zone” and in 2008 Phase II of the “Oh! Zone” This area is hands-on interactive Nature Discovery Center. Providing mind stimulating activities for Children, Parents and Teachers. Designed for children but has something for all ages.

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