The California Oil Museum and Energy Education Center closed its doors over one year ago. We continued with online content and science to go bags throughout last summer to assist students and our community. We are excited to announce that starting Friday April 16, the California Oil Museum will be open again to the public!

We will continue to abide by state and local guidelines and protocols for safety and health. Masks will be required for entry to the Museum. Indoor spaces are limited to 50% capacity.

For the foreseeable future we will have limited days and hours of operations.

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to Santa Paula's historic California Oil Museum

Immerse yourself in
Ventura County's Rich History

The California Oil Museum, housed in the original 1890s headquarters of the Union Oil Company, offers a look back at the history, commerce, and culture of the area while exploring Earth science and the future of energy.  


Throughout the Museum you will find interactive displays, artifacts, photographs, videos, memorabilia, and an authentic working 19th century drilling rig.  The Museum also offers exciting rotating exhibits throughout the year focusing on science, energy, and history. The Energy Education Lab, which focuses on alternative energy and earth science, offers fun and educational STEM activities for all ages. 

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Visit Our Exhibits

We have permanent and rotating exhibits that feature historical, scientific, and geological themes.

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Take a Tour

We offer self-guided tours, school tours & workshops, and guided public tours of the restored historical upstairs offices!


Join the Fun

Participate in our Education Program with STEM workshops, classes, and activities.

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Discover a Local Treasure

The Museum is supported by the annual memberships of individuals, families, businesses, foundations, non-profits, trade associations, community groups, and private organizations. Become a member today!

Museum Docents volunteer their time to serve in a wide variety of positions at the Museum. There is a volunteer opportunity available now in your area of interest!

Are you looking to earn college credit, gain experience for your resume, or acquire valuable skills? We have many  opportunities available at the Museum.  Apply online now!

The goal of the Museum’s fundraising program is to raise $6 million for the California Oil Museum Endowment to support the core operations of the Museum. Donate today!


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1001 E. Main Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Contact Us:
Tel: 805-933-0076

Fax: 805-933-0096

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Museum Hours: Soft Opening
Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm


Suggested donation $5

The California Oil Museum Foundation

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

EIN# 45-3830307  

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