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Address: 1001 East Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Phone Number: (805) 933-0076
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Fun exhibits and informative

This museum is a great break from the crazy world outside. The exhibits showed the history of oil in California and there is a gigantic saber tooth tiger inside the building... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
haleboppnsb
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a great break from the crazy world outside. The exhibits showed the history of oil in California and there is a gigantic saber tooth tiger inside the building. The building is a historic Queen Anne Victorian commercial building. Most of the original features remain in pristine condition.

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Santa Paula, California
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited this little museum many times over the past ten years. It is a fun spot for a couple of hours with visitors from out of town, grandchildren, and friends interested in California history. It was surprising to learn how early the oil industry started in Santa Paula and to see the equipment used. Once we had a... More 

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Santa Paula, California
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Every display presented that the Oil Museum is quality. From fossils, the objective history of the oil production in California, to the present mapping display. Informational and relevant.

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Thank Juhree
san marcos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

A block from the train station on the main drag of town. Donations accepted. Fun remembrances of old gas pumps, memorabilia and a huge mock of of oil drilling rigs in separate building. Great for pictures.

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California
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

I have donated labor to the museum and also donated a "fishing tool" that I found on the ARCO lease on the mountain above Steckel Park. It was made in 1885 in Santa Paula by a company located on the corner of Main and Davis streets. I also donated a chair that was originally a BOD chair for the Union... More 

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Santa Paula, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

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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Villa Park, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

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

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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Los Angeles, California
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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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Bisbee, Arizona
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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