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California Oil Museum, Santa Paula

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  • What a great surprise. We intentionally made a day trip to meet some friends in Santa Paula to have lunch and explore the town. This museum is a real gem. Beautiful displays of the oil history in the ...  more »
  • What a gem this little museum is. We accidentally stumbled upon it after visiting the larger Santa Paula Museum and this one is so charming and interesting.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Small but interesting. We came for the historical designation and ended up getting an education on oil and the early history of Southern California.