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Visiting Hours

Fridays & Saturdays

10am - 4pm

Contact Us

(661) 765-6664

Interested in becoming a docent? Fill out this form.

Closed on all Federal Holidays.

Occasionally closed for special events and private functions. See Calendar or call for more information.

About the Museum

The West Kern Oil Museum, located near Highway 33 and Wood Street in Taft, is a treasure trove of information about the city history and documentation of the petroleum industry.  Maintained and operated entirely by volunteers, the West Kern Oil Museum includes indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, vintage office, shops, and equipment, a fire house, a tent house, a shotgun house, a transportation building, a tool house, a library and a gift shop.

Become a Member

Embark on a journey of discovery, connection, and support. Become a member today and play a pivotal role in safeguarding the vibrant heritage and culture of West Kern. Your commitment shapes the narrative, ensuring our story continues to thrive for generations to come. Join us on this exciting adventure!

Come Learn With Us

The exhibits within each gallery allow you to trace the local history from the earliest inhabitants, 7,500 years ago, through the tribulations and accomplishments of the early oil pioneers and their families, to the present day. The grounds serve as a replica of an old-time oil company camp replete with necessary facilities including shops and a cookhouse. Surrounding the camp are the accouterment of an early oil field. 


Exhibit Galleries

Native Americans
Early History
Boomtown 1918
Story of Oil Room 
Office & Shops
Early Housing
Derricks & Pumping Units

Our Mission

"The West Kern Oil Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the area's culture through unique exhibits with an emphasis on history and future discoveries."


A place to learn about culture and heritage on the Westside

Explore displays such as the Buena Vista Room, the large pumps and a wide variety of old vehicles to choose from. West Kern Oil Museum has something for everyone to learn, but we can't do it on our own. We are a volunteer docent ran museum, and kindly accept any donations to help us keep our doors open.

Support Us

The West Kern Oil Museum is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; we offer volunteer opportunities and accept donations (tax-deductible) from local businesses and residents. Consider becoming an annual supporter of the Museum! Find more information below.


Learn about our various docent & volunteer programs at the Museum.

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