Museums in Ventura and the surrounding area
On-site excavations are documented in exhibits covering 3500 years of Ventura history
113 East Main Street, Ventura, CA
AVIATION MUSEUM OF SANTA PAULA
Antique, classic, experimental planes, autos, race cars, motorcycles,radios, artifacts, much more in “chain of hangars”.
Open 1st Sunday of
each month, 10am-3pm, cancel if rain. Group tours by appointment.
Santa Paula Airport, 830 E. Santa Maria Street, Santa Paula, CA,
SENATOR THOMAS R. BARD MANSION
Restored Port Hueneme home of Ventura County Pioneer. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places & surrounded by unique gardens.
Naval Base Ventura County
(off Ventura Rd. at Bard Gate)
Port Hueneme, CA,
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM
Restored Victorian-style building built in 1890 by the founders of Union Oil Company; a museum of the oil industry plus rotating exhibits of science, history & art.
1001 East Main Street, Santa Paula, CA
ADOLFO CAMARILLO RANCH
Fully restored 1892 Victorian mansion,stables, gardens and barn.
201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, CA
Wed & Sun 12-4, Sat 10-2
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM
Art, photography & decorative art exhibits by international and regional artists displayed in a rare 1906 Neo-Classical building.
424 South C St. (at 4th St.), Oxnard, CA,
CEC & SEABEE MUSEUM
Collection of uniforms, arms & other items used by Seabees & the Civil Engineer Corps.
Call for current information on base access.
Navy Construction Battalion Center
(off Ventura Road at Sunkist
Gate), Port Hueneme, CA
COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WING – WWII AVIATION MUSEUM
Flyable aircraft, exhibits & library.
455 Aviation Dr., Camarillo, CA,
Las Posas off-ramp to Camarillo Airport Eubanks entrance to Aviation Drive.
Tues – Sun 10-4
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM
Living History Museum reflecting the life of the Dudley family and the Ventura farming community, 1892-1925.
Loma Vista & Ashwood Streets Ventura, CA Open 1st
Sunday of each month 1-4 pm.
FILLMORE HISTORICAL MUSEUM & PARK
The museum is centered on the 1887 Southern Pacific Depot. Other buildings included in the historical park are the 1919 Rancho Sespe Bunkhouse, the 1905 Craftsman style home, & an early Post Office from Bardsdale. There is also a railroad boxcar & caboose. The museum collections depict the communities of Fillmore, Bardsdale, Piru & the Sespe. Many displays are dedication to the early pioneer families of the Santa Clara Valley.
350 Main Street, Fillmore, CA
Museum hours: Tues – Fri 10-4, Weekend tours by appointment.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Interactive hands-on museum for children ages 2 to 12. Offers a geological area, optical illusions, farmer’s market, medical room, space exhibit, ocean touch tank & more.
418 West Fourth Street Oxnard, CA
Eleven restored turn-of-the-century mansions and farmhouses; summer concerts, weddings, & live theater.
715 South A St., Oxnard, CA
Tours every Sat 10-2. Call for tour information.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM
Diverse collection of classic & special interest autos, especially Packards.
2340 Palma Drive, Suite #104, Ventura, CA
Open Sat 10-3, Sun 10-3, & by special arrangement for groups.
OAKBROOK REGIONAL PARK CHUMASH INTERPRETIVE CENTER
Exhibits of Chumash culture & history, tours of cave art, environmental programs.
3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks, CA
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM
Newly renovated “Mission Revival” style building; environmental, cultural, & historical exhibits of the Ojai Valley; changing exhibits.
n 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA
Thurs – Fri 1-4, Sat & Sun 10-4
Original two story adobe home of Don Raymundo Olivas. Built in 1847.
4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, CA
Grounds open daily. House tours on the weekends: 10-4
PIERPONT INN MUSEUM
Last landmark hotel in Ventura, the Pierpont is an original Craftsman bungalow sytle inn built in 1910. Historical photography & artifacts displayed in lobby. “Living History” dinner theatre & tours of the property.
Call for schedule and opening hours.
550 Sanjon Road, Ventura, CA 805.643.6144
PLEASANT VALLEY MUSEUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS
Historical exhibits of the Pleasant Valley area, including Camarillo, Somis, the Santa Rosa Valley & the Las Posas Valley.
720 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA
PORT HUENEME HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Artifacts & exhibits related to the early history of Port Hueneme.
Group tours by appointment.
200 N. Market Street, Port Hueneme, CA
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM
Ventura County’s only National Historic Landmark. Original Mexican land grant ranch & setting for the novel “Ramona.”
Highway 126, Piru, CA,
Open Wed & Sat 1-4 & by appointment.
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM
Exhibits & archives of Ronald Reagan’s life & Presidency; changing cultural exhibits.
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA
SANTA CLARA RIVER VALLEY RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Under development by the Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society
exhibits & on-going restoration
455 Main Street, Fillmore, CA
SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CENTER AT CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIV.
Scandinavian American Cultural & Historical Foundation, Inc. A special collection of Scandinavian books, artifacts and oral history tapes housed in the Pearson Library of CLU.
26 Faculty Road, Thousand Oaks, CA
Call for hours & appointments.
805.492.3089 or 805.241.0391
SKATELAB SKATEBOARDING MUSEUM PARK
The world’s only skateboarding museum. Over 2000 items on display showing the complete history of California’s sport.
4226 Valley Fair Street, Simi Valley, CA
Call ahead for current information or visit web site.
STAGECOACH INN MUSEUM COMPLEX
1876 Grand Union Hotel
exhibits of Conejo Valley history from the Chumash era to the pioneer ranchers.
51 Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, CA
STRATHEARN HISTORICAL PARK & MUSEUM
1883 Strathearn House (Pico/De La Guerra Adobe); Colony House & Library furnished with memorabilia of pioneer families; barns & farm equipment
137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley, CA
VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM
Internationally renowned collection of maritime art & ship models dating from 1650 to the present; local maritime history & guest artist exhibits.
2731 S. Victoria Avenue, Oxnard, CA
VENTURA COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART
The award-winning exhibit, “Ventura County in the New West,” George Stuart Historical Figures, changing exhibits of art & history; farm implement display, & extensive research library.
100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA