California Oil Museum, Santa Paula

4.6
#247 of 442 in Museums in California
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  • July 17, 2017
    Friends have me here mitgemommen. Is located off of Highway A101. Very loving exhibition, very informative. Worth a visit!
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  • July 12, 2017
    This is a lovely museum, I love the history and how helpful and informative everyone that works/volunteers there is. It is nice seeing the different themes.exhibits throughout the year. Keeps it inter...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    This small museum is not what I originally expected. It focuses on local information and history that was fun and interesting. Nice displays.  more »
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  • June 13, 2017
    Nice little museum, they have some displays aimed at kids. The full size oil drilling setup from the 1900's is impressive, it is in the side building be sure not to miss it. Unfortunately when I was here the back gallery was closed to set up a new exhibit and we did not get to see the second floor that is only by docent-led tour. This made the museum kinda small so if you can go when those parts are open.
  • June 23, 2017
    The museum is smaller and more unknown than other more famous museums in the southern california area. But this museum does capture an important part of the California history which is often forgotten. Oil. Many people, including myself grow up not knowing how oil shaped southern California and continues to do so. Worth visiting if you're local to the area. They have big displays of some of the equipment used in the past. There's free parking.
  • May 8, 2017
    Really nice small-town museum, lots of local oil history came from this location. I liked the model of the drilling rig - very detailed and interesting.
  • November 17, 2016
    Really cool for anyone who likes history. A lot of pictures and artifacts that illustrate how different life was for the early adopters of Santa paula and the oil industry in general. Obviously biased to make the oil companies look good, but when you keep that in mind it's still a fun and educational place to go. It's fun and cheap enough where I would go back. The tour of the original offices was my favorite part.
  • March 9, 2016
    Small but interesting. We came for the historical designation and ended up getting an education on oil and the early history of Southern California.

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