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Plan your

Visit to the



Honoring the Past

Exploring the Future

Notice: The Museum is temporarily

closed for the time being to ensure

the safety and well-being of our

community.  We hope to have

you back at the Museum soon.

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to Santa Paula's Historical California Oil Museum

and Energy Education Center

Join Us

We are open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am- 4pm. We also offer free admission every first Sunday of the Month!

Immerse yourself in Ventura County's Rich History


The California Oil Museum highlights the history and inner workings of the state's "black gold" industry, as well as branches into the future of energy with renewable energy.  The Museum features hands-on, interactive exhibits, videos, models, photographs, and memorabilia, and rotating STEM and history exhibits. We also have a separate building that holds a working 1900s oil rig. Learn about the history and science of oil in California, as well as experience our rotating exhibits revolving science, history, and renewable energy!

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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!


Join the Fun

Schedule a Field Trip to the Museum, and partake in a tour of the Museum & science workshop!

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Open on weekends at the  California Oil  Museum!

Energy Education Lab
"Moving towards a shared energy future, together"

The California Oil Museum's Energy Education Lab offers fun and educational activities for the whole family!  We offer inactive science displays involving rocks, minerals, fossils, soils, sands, and oil, and renewable energy. 


We also offer arts & crafts, a library of science-centered books, and the opportunity to share your artwork on our art wall.  Participate in our fossil dig, examine rocks and minerals through the microscope, or browse through our books. We will see you in the lab, as the Museum continues its expansion in including alternative energy!

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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