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“Unexpected Wonder”

Museum of Ventura County - Agriculture Museum
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Santa Paula
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Unexpected Wonder”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Only an hour and a half drive from Los Angeles, Santa Paula lies in the middle of a rich agricultural area in Ventura County. The Agriculture Museum celebrates this major industry. Housed in a former warehouse or packing plant beside the railroad a few steps from the Santa Paula Depot, this building has two main spaces. The first space is an introduction to the bounty of Ventura County, the next space displays tractors and farming equipment, exhibits, a glass covered bee hive, and photo opportunities. A large open space behind is planned to be the site of a model farm. Today, many people believe that food comes from the grocery store, the Agriculture Museum educates us to where food really comes from. The museum is walking distance from several other museums in central Santa Paula.

Visited August 2012
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

We discovered this museum unexpectedly while looking at a brochure of museums and historic sites in Ventura County. We were planning to pass through Santa Paula on the way home, so we added it to our schedule. The museum had been open less than a year with plans for expansion. Less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, Ventura County is a major agricultural producer. This museum celebrates this industry.

There are several exhibits on farm equipment including early tractors and harvesting machinery. A small children’s area fills a corner of the large exhibit space. A glass covered bee hive shows how these important creatures do their work, without the sting. Displays show produce from Ventura County and the history of agriculture in the county. A large vacant lot behind the museum will soon be home to an outdoor exhibit featuring an idealized farm.

The museum is walking distance from the Santa Paula Depot and a few blocks more are two other museums. A family can spend the day in Santa Paula visiting the five museums (Aviation Museum open only first Sunday of the month).

We enjoyed visiting this new and unexpected museum about an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles. Admission was modest and it was easy to find.

Visited July 2012
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