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California Oil Museum

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Not bad

As small town museums go, this one is not bad. The very interesting building in which it is located... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
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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
Los Angeles, California
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1001 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2809
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

As small town museums go, this one is not bad. The very interesting building in which it is located was one the h.q. of the Union Oil Company, and the museum explains the early days of California's oil industry, now long-time from here.

Date of experience: November 2017
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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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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

Date of experience: March 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank John93060
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.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank JakeJ124
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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.

Date of experience: November 2017
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.

Date of experience: April 2017
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.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank 745stefaniec
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

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank So_Cal_Illini_81
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