West Kern Oil Museum, Taft, California

The West Kern Oil Museum is located on Highway 33 in Taft, California. The museum looks small from the roadside, but houses an extensive series of exhibits that trace the history of oil in Kern County from Native Americans’ use to modern day drilling.

I visited the museum last Thursday, and was the only one there in the afternoon. A very friendly and knowledgeable volunteer named Dennis answered my questions, gave me a tour, and even stayed a bit late so I could take some more photos. The images below focus on the exhibits. There is also a small collection of vintage cars, old trucks, and oil rigs from a number of eras on the property. The West Kern Oil Museum is highly recommended for those interested in California history.

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