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California Oil Museum

1001 East Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-0076
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Westlake Village, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The full size cable tool rig is amazing. To think that the early oil wells were drilled by basically pounding a hole in the ground a little at a time! Good models of drillship, and semi-submersible offshore drill rigs. Interesting history of the oil industry in Southern California. Not too many companies left that are headquartered here but back in... More

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Ventura, California
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7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

There's a lot more oil history in California than people know. This small museum in the original Union Oil building in historic downtown Santa Paula had more to see than I expected. You can go through it in an hour but don't rush. There's a lot to see there. It also talks a little about the history of the oil... More

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California
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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.

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Santa Paula, CA
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30 attraction reviews
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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

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Santa Paula, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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.

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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.

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Escondido, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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

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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.

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Kvil
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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.

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Port Hueneme, California
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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

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