We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

California Oil Museum

1001 East Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-0076
Update attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Mar 6, 2014
Write a Review

14 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    12
    1
    1
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

If you don't know how they get the oil out of the ground and how they make gasoline for cars, then this is the place to go. This whole building was where Union Oil started. There were 3 different oil companies that went together and they named it Union Oil.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Paula, CA
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We have been in town for many years and never cease to gaze into the windows of the old Union Oil building to view the displays inside. We get to enter all year anytime as members. The motorcycle displays they show are well worth seeing. Any time they bring in an exhibit, they involve the kids in our community. It... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Paula, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

A wonderful visit and not just the younger but us ole folks too! This building is a treat also as it was the home office of Union Oil Company. Beautifully restored, it makes for a wonderful trip.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The room we got was great lots of room. Breakfast was great. This is the 5th time we have come to this hotel. I really like the personnel at this hotel they are really helpful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Escondido, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

have visited many times, great special exhibits for motorcycles, even had a tour of the upstairs once with old GM from the 30's, he was a docent, spend time and don't hurry

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This museum was a great way to introduce the kids to oil, how it is obtained, and what we do with it! The full size drilling rig was really impressive and the kids thought that was the best part of the museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kvil
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The gentlemen who greeted me were very nice and knowledgable. I had no idea that Santa Paula had such Oil History. The exibits are well worth the few dollar entry fee.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Port Hueneme, California
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Delightful and comprehensive collection of paraphernalia and memorabilia relating to the oil industry and oil production. Because it's a small town and intimate museum in a historic building, almost every interaction you have with the docents and volunteers is intimate. The friendly docents are more than happy to relate interesting stories about the town, its famous inhabitants and the oil... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Paula, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

It's a great museum for kids as it is not very large. They have very interesting exhibits every few months. The volunteers are very nice that work there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atascadero, California
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This little museum has great static and practical displays to teach you about the local oil industry and its history! It's small enough to not bore children, but complete enough to entice the adults. There is a full-size drilling set that magically starts up as you enter the doorway of the separate building, and is really fascinating. This museum also... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed California Oil Museum also viewed

 

Been to California Oil Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage California Oil Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing