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California Oil Museum, Santa Paula

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4.5/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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  • Not a gi-normous place but make sure to leave plenty of time to see all. Great exhibitions - especially liked the re motor bikes documentary, and the video re animal life around the oil rigs. This is ...  read more »
  • Great place to see the history of oil production in Ventura County as well as other exhibits that are in the museum. Family and kid friendly exhibits. 
  • I had some time to spare when passing through Santa Paula and I had read about this museum so I decided to give it a try. It is right downtown and quite easy to find and not far off the freeway. If yo...  read more »
  • Small but interesting. We came for the historical designation and ended up getting an education on oil and the early history of Southern California.
  • Interesting and well preserved piece of American history´┐╝
  • This is a nice little museum with a fair amount of history and artifacts related to California oil and the environment. Some of the video displays did not work. There is a separate building with a pseudo-working oil rig that's fun.
  • Small but packed full of interesting exhibits on California's oil history. After you finish visiting the museum talk a pleasant walk down Santa Paula's Main Street.
  • The Museum is a hidden gem. It explains California's history in oil exploration and exploitation. There are rotating exhibits as well as a uniqe separate building with oil equipment which actually runs when you are in the building. It is small and very manageable for kids, not too big and moving parts. It is conveniently located next door to the relatively new Santa Paula Art Museum which specialzes in plein air paintings. It also is small but has first class rotating exhibits. The two are a very manageable half day.
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