Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

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Buena Vista Museum of
Natural History
Exterior of the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
Buena Vista Museum Exterior from Chester Ave.
Established 1995 (1995)
Location Bakersfield, California
Coordinates 35°22′39″N 119°01′06″W / 35.3776°N 119.0184°W / 35.3776; -119.0184
Type Natural History Museum
Public transit access GET Rt. 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14 (Downtown Transit Center)
Website sharktoothhill.org

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.[1]

History[edit]

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 (in Kern County). It is the largest collection of Miocene fossils from that location.[2] 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.

Description[edit]

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. Several of these items are not owned by museum, but are on long term loan. The museum also contains an interactive section known as the "Oh Zone". There is also a Paleo Lab, which is equipped to clean, repair preserve, and reconstruct fossils and other artifacts.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home Page. Buena Vista Museum of Natural History. Accessed: 03-27-2011.
  2. ^ Shark Tooth Hill. Buena Vista Museum of Natural History. Accessed: 03-27-2011.
  3. ^ Paleo Lab. Buena Vista Museum of Natural History. Accessed: 03-27-2011.

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