Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum & Botanical Gardens

Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum & Botanical Gardens, Camarillo: Hours, Address, Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum & Botanical Gardens Reviews: 4/5

Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum & Botanical Gardens

Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum & Botanical Gardens
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Michael T
By Michael T
Small but cool museum complete with Butterfly Preserve!!!
Jan 2018
We learned of the Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum & Botanical Gardens via the "Passport 2 History". We visited this the same day as the Oxnard Historical Farm Park and the Reyes Adobe, and this was the highlight for the day! When rating places, I really try to be fair and look at something based on how close they're reaching their potential. Full disclosure... this is a small museum, but I feel like they're really doing their best to make it as good as it can be. For the space, they have a lot of cool artifacts and antiques displayed. Well displayed at that! It goes mostly chronologically and also has some cool collections! They have an extensive collection of antiques phones and antiques clocks. There were some interesting hands on things to do... like we were able to play the organ! They also had an old WORKING telegraph! I've seen these before, but I've never been able to actually use it! It's little things like this that set this museum apart and made me give it 5 stars instead of 4. Disneyland or the Nature History Museum, this is not... but for a free, volunteer based museum... they're really doing what they can to make it interesting. They really had a lot of interesting things! Another reason this gets `5 stars is that it's not just the museum, but there is a cool botanical garden in the back that is a preserve for monarch butterflies and bees. It was actually wonderful! There are a bunch of scattered artifacts back there like an old school bell, a (giant) fruit brandy still, and more. There is a large gazebo and picnic tables, which would serve as a lovely place for a picnic lunch. While we didn't see the bees, we saw quite a lot of butterflies (my preference anyways)!!! Definitely make the trip to visit! there is even a pretty nice playground just a block down the street! Keep your expectations in tact. This is a small museum, but for a free museum, they're doing a great job!!!

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Leslie W
Oxnard, CA5 contributions
A Little Gem
Apr 2018 • Couples
Visited this place with my boyfriend. The docents were very informative and friendly. They had a lot of knowledge about PV history. Seeing the collection of telephones, listening to a record on a machine that had to be cranked by hand, and learning about ringer washing machines made me realize how far we've come with modern technology. We also enjoyed walking through the garden.
Written May 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michael T
Los Angeles, CA823 contributions
Small but cool museum complete with Butterfly Preserve!!!
Jan 2018 • Family
We learned of the Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum & Botanical Gardens via the "Passport 2 History". We visited this the same day as the Oxnard Historical Farm Park and the Reyes Adobe, and this was the highlight for the day! When rating places, I really try to be fair and look at something based on how close they're reaching their potential. Full disclosure... this is a small museum, but I feel like they're really doing their best to make it as good as it can be.

For the space, they have a lot of cool artifacts and antiques displayed. Well displayed at that! It goes mostly chronologically and also has some cool collections! They have an extensive collection of antiques phones and antiques clocks. There were some interesting hands on things to do... like we were able to play the organ! They also had an old WORKING telegraph! I've seen these before, but I've never been able to actually use it! It's little things like this that set this museum apart and made me give it 5 stars instead of 4. Disneyland or the Nature History Museum, this is not... but for a free, volunteer based museum... they're really doing what they can to make it interesting. They really had a lot of interesting things!

Another reason this gets `5 stars is that it's not just the museum, but there is a cool botanical garden in the back that is a preserve for monarch butterflies and bees. It was actually wonderful! There are a bunch of scattered artifacts back there like an old school bell, a (giant) fruit brandy still, and more. There is a large gazebo and picnic tables, which would serve as a lovely place for a picnic lunch. While we didn't see the bees, we saw quite a lot of butterflies (my preference anyways)!!!

Definitely make the trip to visit! there is even a pretty nice playground just a block down the street! Keep your expectations in tact. This is a small museum, but for a free museum, they're doing a great job!!!
Written January 29, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,201 contributions
Nice little historical museum.
Sep 2017
Nice little historical museum that tells the story of Camarillo. Many items donated by families that have resided in the Camarillo area for generations. The garden and gazebo are worth a look and a walk.
Written September 8, 2017
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mediumbodine
Camarillo, CA32 contributions
A cozy well kept secret
Aug 2017 • Family
A genuine, volunteer operated repository of local history of Camarillo's agricultural past and present. Great for kids to see what every day life was in the 19th and early 20th centuries . Includes a garden of indigenous plants. Call for operating hours.
Written August 9, 2017
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thymegrower
Troy, VA268 contributions
Museum was closed by the gardeners allowed us to visit the Honn Botanical Garden
May 2017 • Family
This locally supported Botanical Garden probably will never make a top 10 list however, it is obviously loved and supported. It is apparent it is used for educational purposes, for both local history and wildlife. It was an enjoyable but small garden full of color and pollinators. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it, however, would definitely stop in if I were passing by. Many of the plants are labeled. I marked this as a 1-2 hour visit but I'm into plants and taking pictures. An hour would probably be enough for most visitors.
Written May 27, 2017
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Tvlr8
Camarillo, CA112 contributions
Cute
Oct 2013 • Couples
This is a small place, with a little history thrown in with the plants. The walk among the foliage is nice and relaxing, but all too short with no seating. I would love to see them get enough funds to put out a couple of benches and allow people to sit and relax in the relative quiet garden they've built.
Written September 2, 2014
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Cattylea
Los Angeles50 contributions
Early California history geared toward children. . .
Mar 2014 • Couples
This is a small museum used as an educational support for local schools. Exhibits illustrate pioneer days and feature Chumash Indian artifacts, everyday objects from settlers and farmers through the ages, vintage photographs, and maps. Good history of land grants, railroads, and early Ranchos. The botanical garden is a lovely site featuring native plants, a dry creek bed of river stones, benches, and a large gazebo. Docents are available for tours on Sa and Su from 12-4. There is a small research library on site.
Admission is free. I recommend this museum for those w/ young kids or those seeking local historical facts. It is a good stop for a road trip.
Written June 1, 2014
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