The 7,000 square foot Visitor Center was built around the renovated wood-frame administration building where Cesar worked from 1971 to 1993, and where people came to pay their respects before his open casket in front of a large image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, which still hangs at the same location.

The original building, which was structurally unsound and incapable of sustaining the uses required by the Visitor Center, was raised and rebuilt in the same footprint and architectural style, and dedicated in 2004. The new building looks essentially like the original. The interior, which had been a warren of small offices, was converted into a fully equipped audiovisual theater (site of the conference room Cesar used), large gallery spaces, a bookstore and gift shop, and rest rooms.

However, Cesar Chavez's office and library, housed in the northwest corner of the building, was preserved exactly as it looked the last day he left it in April 1993. The Smithsonian Institution helped carefully catalogue all the artifacts and books, filling floor to ceiling bookshelves on three walls. The walls were left intact and the bookshelves preserved while the structure was raised and the new building went up around them. Afterwards, the artifacts and books were replaced exactly as they had been.

The Visitor Center, the adjoining Memorial Garden hosting Cesar Chavez's gravesite and other features of the National Chavez Center are ideal for educational tours and service learning projects for students and educators. The Visitor Center is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. except on major holidays.

Planning Your Visit:
 
Admission: $3.00 per person.
Hours: Open everyday from 10am-4pm
Parking: Free
Payments Accepted: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express
Book & Gift Shop Hours: Open everyday from 10am-4pm
 

The Visitors Center is closed on all major holidays.
Please call ahead to check availability. (661) 823-6134
Click on one of the links below for more information:
 
              
 
Directions to the Visitor Center at the National Chavez Center
 
From Los Angeles (coming from the south):
Take the I-5 N towards Sacramento

Take the State Route 14 N exit towards Palmdale/Lancaster

Merge onto CA-14 N
Continue onto CA-58 BUS W 
Turn Left to merge onto CA-58 W

Take exit 139 toward Keene

Turn right toward Woodford-Tehachapi Road
Turn Right at Woodford Tehachapi Road
National Chavez Center will be on your left
Google Maps URL:  http://g.co/maps/dqnpv
 
From Bakersfield (coming from the north):
Take the CA-58 E/Barstow-Bakersfield Hwy/Blue Star Memorial Hwy
Take exit 139 toward Keene

Turn left toward Woodford-Tehachapi Rd

Turn right at Woodford-Tehachapi Rd
National Chavez Center will be on your left
 
Google Maps URL: http://g.co/maps/6drtp
 
 
 


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