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California Oil Museum

1001 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2809
+1 805-933-0076
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Don't miss this !!!!

What a great surprise. We intentionally made a day trip to meet some friends in Santa Paula to have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California

What a gem this little museum is. We accidentally stumbled upon it after visiting the larger Santa... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
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1 week ago
“Don't miss this !!!!”
16 May 2017
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1001 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2809
+1 805-933-0076
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 area, wonderful antique gas pumps, signs and...More

Thank 31MIK
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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.

1  Thank caseycelia
Reviewed 7 September 2016

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 the original building of Union - get a...More

Thank Shoshana H
Reviewed 23 August 2016

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.

1  Thank Rebecca C
Reviewed 31 July 2016

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 you have any...More

Thank flyboy1946
Reviewed 4 July 2016

This museum is a great break from the crazy world outside. The exhibits showed the history of oil in California and there is a gigantic saber tooth tiger inside the building. The building is a historic Queen Anne Victorian commercial building. Most of the original...More

2  Thank haleboppnsb
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

I have visited this little museum many times over the past ten years. It is a fun spot for a couple of hours with visitors from out of town, grandchildren, and friends interested in California history. It was surprising to learn how early the oil...More

Thank happywanderwoman
Reviewed 31 May 2016

Every display presented that the Oil Museum is quality. From fossils, the objective history of the oil production in California, to the present mapping display. Informational and relevant.

Thank Juhree
Reviewed 24 May 2016

A block from the train station on the main drag of town. Donations accepted. Fun remembrances of old gas pumps, memorabilia and a huge mock of of oil drilling rigs in separate building. Great for pictures.

Thank waterwoman1
Reviewed 19 March 2016

I have donated labor to the museum and also donated a "fishing tool" that I found on the ARCO lease on the mountain above Steckel Park. It was made in 1885 in Santa Paula by a company located on the corner of Main and Davis...More

Thank Dale1930
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