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California Oil Museum

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Excellent Museum - Part of a Great Day Trip

We take part in the Passport 2 History (look it up if you don't know about it) and three of the... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Michael T
Los Angeles, California
Spend a Sunday visiting this Museum

This is a great little museum in the heart of Santa Paula. Docents Bob and Jim were on hand to... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
Santa Barbara, CA
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1001 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2809
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

We take part in the Passport 2 History (look it up if you don't know about it) and three of the passport museums are within walking distance of each other in Santa Paula! So my son and I took a day trip out to Santa...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is a great little museum in the heart of Santa Paula. Docents Bob and Jim were on hand to answer any questions and give you a personalized tour of the original offices and housing. This museum tells the history of the oil industry and...More

1  Thank Lynette51
Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is a fascinating place and gives a great insight to the history of this part of the world. They are constantly featuring special exhibits. The oil derrick in the back section was really interesting to my grandson.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Included visit as part of an overnight trip to Santa Paula. Very nice and informative museum with many displays about oil production in SCAL.

1  Thank Jake J
Reviewed 30 December 2017

This is a small but very interesting museum in what was the Union Oil Office Building. In Santa Paula. Exhibits explain both old and new methods of drilling and extracting oil from the earth. If their is a volunteer available on the day if your...More

1  Thank SuzanneHolmerSmith
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The inside is very clean, and bright. Displays are well done and very informative. lots to take in, will return to do the upstairs tour.

Thank 60Butch
Reviewed 13 July 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 interesting.

Thank Connie M
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This small museum is not what I originally expected. It focuses on local information and history that was fun and interesting. Nice displays.

Thank Stefanie C
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Three different areas to this museum. First is the main display area. Very well done displays showing natural seeps, early uses of oil, history of oil companies in CA, geology and extraction. Displays were clean and well written. One of the nicer small museums I've...More

1  Thank So_Cal_Illini_81
Reviewed 14 June 2017

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
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