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Address: 1001 East Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Phone Number: (805) 933-0076
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A unique, non commercial museum

This unique museum is packed with lots of knowledge and visuals. All what you ever wanted to know about petroleum, local SoCal history, and more. Plus a well-supplied gift store... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Carlos T
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Santa Paula, California
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Santa Paula, California
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54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This unique museum is packed with lots of knowledge and visuals. All what you ever wanted to know about petroleum, local SoCal history, and more. Plus a well-supplied gift store. If they only could keep the front window displays more attractive...

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Thank Carlos T
Villa Park, United States
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice town with much history of the area. Clean, friendly, with many attractions within walking distance.

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Thank Robert B
Easthampton, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Make an appointment. While the fossils and displays were interesting, a knowledgeable guide would have made our visit much more worthwhile.

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Thank rola733
Los Angeles, California
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1,758 reviews
1,155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The Oil Museum is one of the singular treasures found in small towns which are proud of their history and seek to preserve it. Actually great Oil production displays and actual old equipment from the first discovery days. Quite interesting for all ages, take a couple of hours and kick back and enjoy! ...

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Thank David B L
Bisbee, Arizona
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Docents friendly and knowledgeable. Replica of 1800s steam drill is awesome. Be sure to ask for guided tour of offices upstairs.

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Thank Stanley R
Los Angeles, California
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141 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The building site is in a historic victorian and the museum always has a rotating exit which I always look forward to. Great local history.

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Thank OneOrchidLover
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33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I really like the OIl Museum. Beautiful building! And a neat location on the corner of downtown Santa Paula. I really like the fact that there are rotating exhibits. And the price is reasonable. We take our kids on a fairly consistent basis because they do a nice job and there is always something interesting being presented.

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Thank Joe G
Oakland, California
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107 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is a fun museum with a lot of information about California's early oil days. As a petroleum engineer I thought it was very cool to see all the historical items, they old drilling technology outside. If you are curious, you should go.

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Thank Mark M
Mission Viejo, California
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Interesting displays of the part played by oil in the founding and growth of this historic small town (and this general geographic area of Southern California).

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Thank BandKD
Ventura, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is the kind of small, local museum that won't tire out a family on an outing. With the temporary installations, local history, and the oil rig set-up, there is something for everyone. The little gift shop is nice, too. : - )

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Thank Ann R

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