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Address: 1001 East Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Phone Number: (805) 933-0076
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Great overview of the early oil days in California

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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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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Mission Viejo, California
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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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Ventura, United States
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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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Tehachapi, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Interesting to see so much that I didn't know about the oil industry - just about everything! Great place to wander around and take in as much information as you like.

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norwalk ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

My Fiance and I got free tickets from the Glen Tavern and were kicking it around town and stopped by , lots of info on oil and local history. also had a display of prehistoric animals, and a working display that took a whole room of a old oil drilling operation the docent was cool and I had flashbacks of... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Santa Paula is located where oil wells and pumps can still be seen as you drive on the 23 and 126 . The museum has a fine collection of old pumps and other items that shows the development of the oil industry in the area. inexpensive and worth seeing if you are in the area. Then drop in on cp... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Located in the architecturally interesting and historic building where the Union Oil Company was formed, this museum tells the story of the early days of the oil industry very well, and has great temporary exhibits as well.

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Westlake Village, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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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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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