The Bakersfield Museum of Art is passionate about ensuring that everyone in our community has the opportunity to enjoy the arts. Thanks to generous support from individuals and businesses, BMOA is proud to offer free regular admission through 2016 for our 60th Year Celebration!

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How can you be a part of the 60th Year Celebration? For as little as $250, you can underwrite an entire day of free admission and simultaneously honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion. You will also receive invitations to exclusive 60th Year Celebration events and acknowledgement for yourself or your honoree on the BMOA website and front desk gallery monitor.

Sponsor a Day of Free Admission in 2016!
Choose your day, and for as little as $250 you will be the sponsor of free admission to the museum for all of Kern County and beyond. Or, donate at ANY LEVEL.

Donate Today!

A Year of Free Days brought to you:

January 24: In Honor of Tracy Engelien
January 31: In Honor of Kevin Engelien
February 10: In Honor of Chris McGugan
February 14: In Honor of Debbi Engelien
Februaru 29: Sponsored by Rick and Mary Wegis
March 1-31: Sponsored by Wells Fargo
April 8: Sponsored by Julie Womack
April 14: In Honor of Allison McGugan's Birthday
April 15: In Honor of Debbie Engelien's Birthday
May 14: Allison and Chris McGugan’s Wedding Anniversary
May 21: Sponsored by Steven & Susan Holloway
May 24: John Danley’s 102nd Birthday
May 29: In Honor of Hank Gless
June 4: Sponsored by Win & Norma Eaton
June 11: Sponsored by Cynthia Chase
June 14: Mason McGugan’s Birthday
June 25: Sponsored by Kathy and Stave Hair


June 29: In Honor of Charley Gless
July 16: Mark Engelien’s Birthday
July 21: Aylie McGugan’s Birthday
August 10: Edwin McGugan’s Birthday
August 19: In Honor of Robert & Ellen Bennett’s 60th Anniversary
September 6: Mark and Debbie Engelien’s Wedding Anniversary
September 19: In Honor of Joan Albu
September 26 - October 2: Sponsored by The Becarri and Werdel Wealth Management Group
September 27: Sponsored by Rick and Mary Wegis
September 29: In Honor of Maggie Gless
October 11: In Honor Gertrude Fisher
October 12: Sponsored by Laura Cattani
October 17: In Honor of Marcia Giumarra
December 13: In Honor of Shirley Danley


60 years in the making - Today, the Bakersfield Museum of Art stands strong as one of Bakersfield’s premier cultural institutions. We currently have a permanent collection of over 350 works and hold 12 exhibits per year featuring California art and artists. Our museum attracts over 20,000 annual visitors and we have over 1,200 active members. Our annual Via Arté Street Painting Festival draws over 10,000 visitors and our education program offers over 60 classes, inspiring thousands of future artists. 

What will make BMOA’s 60th Year Celebration special? - Our 2016 calendar of exhibits, classes and special events will continue our legacy of supporting excellence in the arts while including special elements to highlight our past 60 years. We will be launching new events, such as extended hours every Thursday, a monthly event Art After Dark, and a public art exhibit on the sidewalks of downtown Bakersfield like you’ve never seen before.