BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science reopens today after being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The museum had been working on improvements and restoration work after the building was damaged in a fire in December of last year. The restoration work took four months to complete, according to the museum.
Executive Director Koral Hancharick says she is eager to invite the public back and highlight items the team has been working on while away.
“Were very excited to hear the pitter patter of feet again in the building and voices and have visitors,” she said. “It’ll be very exciting to have our volunteers back and our docents here and were just ready to greet the public.”
One of the new exhibits at the museum is a dinosaur femur bone that was acquired just a few days ago. The bone is a cast of a real titanosaur that would’ve measured 160 feet.
“The scale is real, the size is real, so this eight-foot leg bone…is the real size it’s the real shape of an actual fossil,” said retired high school biology teacher David Hanley. “You can see where the fossil had break lines in it where it was down in the soil.”
Maintaining the realism of the fossil was important for Hanley, as he says students retain more information when learning from real or scalable objects.
Though the Buena Vista Museum has been closed for some time, Hancharick said they have been busy at work updating almost everything, down to the installation of new exterior gates.
“We do have quite a few new things throughout the museum, and so it definitely is going to be sort of a new experience a new birth for the museum really after being closed for over a year,” she said.
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