Local museums closing amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 1:08 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 16:11:15-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Museum and the Bakersfield Museum of Art both announced closures amid the coronavirus.

The Kern County Museum announced it will be closing Wednesday and canceling all of its spring events in response to COVID-19. The Museum said its Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center will also be closed effective Wednesday through April 17. The Museum is also cancelling their Spring Break Camp Discover at Lori Brock, all school tours, and California History Day.

The museum has also canceled all docent training and the Spring Lecture Series.

The Village Flea Spring event scheduled for April 19 and the Haggard Boxcar Music Festival scheduled for May 9 have both been postponed.

“We will look at rescheduling these popular community events at a later date, “ said Mike McCoy, Executive Director.

The Bakersfield Museum of Art announced it will temporarily close as March 17 due to growing concerns about the spread of the COVID19 virus. The closure will last through April 14.

“Our doors might be closed but opportunities for exploring the arts still exist. We’re working with colleagues locally and statewide to determine how best to do that during the days and weeks ahead,” said BMoA Executive Director Amy Smith.