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to Santa Paula's historic California Oil Museum

Immerse yourself in Ventura County's
Rich History & STEM Education Program

The California Oil Museum and Energy Education Center, housed in the original 1890s headquarters of the Union Oil Company, offers a look back at the history of the oil industry in California, while exploring the future of alternative 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 revolving 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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What We Offer


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 upstair offices!


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Participate in our Education Program with STEM activities and resources from home!

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Visitors' Information

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 intern 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

Visitor Desk:

805-933-0076 x 0#

Museum Hours: Temporarily Closed
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm


Suggested donation $4​

The California Oil Museum Foundation

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

EIN# 45-3830307  

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