Set up in memory of deceased artist Marion Osborn Cunningham, The Bakersfield Museum of Art collects and displays the work of Californian artists from the 20th century to the present. This museum seeks to present a comprehensive survey of art produced in and about California, celebrating and providing a platform for local artists. There are prints, paintings, photography and a sculpture garden. The sculpture garden was opened in 1961 and is a focal point for the community; it can be used as an events space for film screenings, concerts, art classes, and yoga. With exhibitions changing seasonally, there is a lot to see here.
Founded in 1980 and opened to visitors in 1983, CALM displays native Californian animals and plants with the intention of greater education, conservation and research to benefit the environment. This institution is the most extensive wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, with its 14 park-like acres that house injured animals and those who cannot survive in their own native environment. There’s a lot to do here with the various indoor and outdoor exhibits, including seeing black bears, birds of prey, an indoor reptile house, and a children’s petting zoo with household animals. There are also other more daring activities like the Condor Challenge, a ropes course and climbing tower towards the back of the park.