Links To Other Historical Locations
|California Association of Museums||
Committed to serve the needs of all of California's museums, regardless of size and discipline, CAM provides a variety of programs that address issues pertinent to all and serves as an advocate for museum interests with federal, state and local governments as well as with other institutions and the general public. In addition, CAM encourages the improvement of professional practices and standards within museums, and works to increase the public's understanding of and support for museums.
|American Association of Museums||
Founded in 1906, the American Association of Museums (AAM) is dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards and volunteers across the country to better serve the public.
|Adolfo Camarillo Ranch||
201 Camarillo Ranch Road,
Camarillo, (805) 389-8182.
Regular Docent-conducted tours
of the Queen Anne style Victorian are offered three days a week on
Wednesdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Group tours can be arranged with reservations at least 2 weeks
in advance and may be scheduled seven days a week. We kindly request a
$3 donation per visitor. Please note that the Camarillo Ranch acts as an
event center with many weddings, receptions and private events scheduled
throughout the year. Your tour time may be subject to scheduling around
Visitors are able to walk through the richly restored ranch home and experience the grandeur of residing in a 6,000 square-foot house. The breathtaking Victorian exhibits two staircases, 12-foot ceilings, extensive interior woodwork, and a generous wrap around porch. Guests are also invited to stroll through the gardens, explore the massive root system of the towering Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and visit the gift shop. Public restrooms are available as well as free on site parking and street parking.
Tours of the home are approximately 50 to 60 minutes and include walking and some stairs. We recommend allowing at least 1 hour and 15 minutes for your visit to the Camarillo Ranch. The Camarillo Ranch is wheelchair accessible on the first floor of the home; however, wheelchairs are not available for rental. Guided group tours are available, by reservation, seven days a week.
|Albinger Archaeological Museum||113 East Main Street, Ventura, (805) 648-5823. The only archaeological museum in California, the Albinger tells the archaeological story of the Mission. An earth oven and the original mission foundation are exhibited outdoors. Wednesday-Sunday 10-2 (Memorial Day to Labor Day 10-4), free.|
|Aviation Museum of Santa Paula||Santa Paula Airport, 830 E. Santa Maria St., Santa Paula, (805) 525-1109. Antique, classic, experimental planes, autos, race cars, motorcycles, radios, artifacts, and much more in a "chain of hangars." Open 1st Sunday of each month, 10-3. Free|
|Bard Mansion||Naval Base Ventura County (Off Ventura Road at the Bard Gate), Port Hueneme, (805) 982-2757/(805) 982-2756. Restored home of Ventura County pioneer Thomas R. Bard is surrounded by unique gardens. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Call for information.|
|California Oil Museum||
1001 East Main Street,
Santa Paula, (805) 933-0076. The
Museum is housed in a beautiful restored Queen Anne Italianate-style
building, an exhibit itself, built in 1890 by the Union Oil Company.
Inside, visitors will find models, games, photographs, and traditional
exhibits relating to oil explorations, particularly in the local area.
Art and history exhibits are also provided.
Adults $4, Seniors $3, Youth
(6-17) $1, Kids 0-5) Free Tour, Groups (20+) $3 each, Guided Tours
$1 per person
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM - 4PM
At other times by arrangement. Operated by the City of Santa Paula.
|Carnegie Art Museum||424 South C Street, Oxnard, (805) 385-8157. Art, photography and decorative arts by international and regional artists are exhibited in a beautiful Neo-Classical building built in downtown Oxnard as a Carnegie Library in 1906. Thursday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5, admission $3, $2 for seniors and students, children 16 and under $1.|
|Catalina Island Museum||
For more than 50 years, the Catalina Island Museum has collected, preserved and presented the rich cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. Situated on the ground floor of Avalon’s historic Casino Building, the Catalina Island Museum invites you to discover more than 7,000 years of history through dozens of engaging and visually exciting exhibits.
|CEC and Seabee Museum||Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, (805) 982-5170/(805) 982-5165. The exciting new U.S. Navy Seabee Museum will be a 35,000 square foot facility that engages visitors of all ages, backgrounds and levels of knowledge through unique, entertaining exhibits, which also provide numerous educational opportunities. The new U.S. Navy Seabee Museum will be located in Port Hueneme, California, adjacent to the Construction Battalion Center portion of the Naval Base Ventura County. Situated directly on Ventura Road, with the base perimeter fence relocated to the west behind the new facilities, access, visibility and parking will make it easy for guests to find and visit the museum.|
|Channel Islands National Park||Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor (west of Harbor Boulevard on Olivas Park Drive/Spinnaker Drive), 658-5730. Exhibits of natural history pertaining to the eight islands in the Channel Islands chain and an indoor tide pool. Call for information about park ranger presentations. Weekdays 8-5, weekends 8-5:30, no admission charge.|
|Dudley House Museum||Loma Vista and Ashwood Streets, Ventura, (805) 642-3345. Living history museum reflecting the life of the Dudley family and the Ventura farming community from 1892-1925. Open 1st Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m.|
|Fillmore Historical Museum and Park||350 Main Street, Fillmore, (805) 524-0948. In an 1887 Southern Pacific depot building, Sespe bunkhouse #2 and a 1905 Craftsman bungalow home, the exhibits include Pioneer memorabilia and changing displays. Tuesday-Friday, 1:00-4:30, weekend tours by appointment, contributions accepted.|
|Fillmore & Western Railway Company||351 Santa Clara (next to Fillmore City Hall), (805) 524-2546 or 1 (800) 773-TRAIN. Ventura County's moving museums, the trains out of Fillmore travel the "Heritage Valley's" rails from Piru to Fillmore to Santa Paula. Call for schedules and fees.|
|George Stuart Gallery of Historical Figures||In the East Ojai Valley on McNell Rd just north of Reeves Rd. (805) 646-6574. There is a permanent exhibit at Ventura County Museum of History & Art and during the spring, summer and early fall at the artist's home gallery in Ojai.|
|Gull Wings Children's Museum||418 West Fourth Street (also 4th and C Streets), Oxnard, (805) 483-3005. Children will enjoy many interactive hands-on exhibits and activities. Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, Admission $4, 2 & under - Free.|
715 South A Street, Oxnard, (805) 483-7960. Eleven restored turn-of-the-century mansions and farmhouses; summer concerts, weddings, and live theater. Tours every Saturday from 10-2. Call for information.
|Historic Heritage Valley Inn -- Rancho Temescal||691 North Main Street, Piru, (805) 521-0700. The Historic Heritage Valley Inn has been a house of hospitality since 1890. This Historical Landmark #124, built in 1888, and nearby pristine Rancho Temescal offer a historical ranch experience. Call for information.|
|Leonis Adobe Museum||23537 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, (818) 222-6511. The Leonis Adobe was built in stages. Exactly who built the original portion, and when it was built, is still a subject of research. At first, there appears to have been a simple adobe farm house with white-washed walls. This original portion of the house is believed to date back to 1844, and if this is so, it is almost certain that Leonis did not build it. In any event, about 1880 he extensively enlarged and remodeled the house into the gracious Monterey-style mansion you see today, and he and Espiritu moved into it and made it their home. Wednesday - Sunday 1pm - 4pm, Saturday - 10am - 4pm and by special appointment. Suggested Donation: $4.00 Adults, $3.00 Senior Adults, $1.00 Children under 12|
|Murphy Auto Museum||2230 Statham Blvd. Oxnard, California. The non-profit Murphy Auto Museum is a new collection of over 50 cars displayed by many collectors from the tri-county area. It houses a wide variety of classic, milestone and special interest vehicles, including a large collection of Packards from 1927-1958. The museum will be open every weekend to serve locals and tourists. Arrangements can be made at any time for private parties and tours for automotive clubs, assisted living centers, and school groups.|
||Chumash Indian Museum||
3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks, (805) 492-8076. Exhibits of Chumash culture and history; wildlife programs. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am until 3 pm. The mornings are usually booked by schools that are taking part in our Indian educational field trip programs. Schools teachers or trip coordinators must call in advance to make reservations. The cost is $5.00 per person (students, teachers and adults) with a $100.00 trip minimum. A deposit is required to solidify the visit. The school program usually lasts 3 hours. At noon each day, Tuesday through Friday we open the museum to the general public. We remain open until 3:00 pm. Our Saturday activities start again at 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. With our Nature hikes starting at 1:00 pm. The Nature hike includes learning a little history of the park and how the Chumash used the area prior to Spanish arrival. The visitors taking part in this will also learn about some of the herbs that grow in the area and how they were used for medicine and others used for food. This excursion also includes a visit to one of the caves that contains rock paintings that are believed to be over 1,500 years old. The cost for the hike is separate from the cost of visiting the museum. Taking part in the Saturday afternoon Nature walk is $10.00 per person. Visits to the museum are $5.00 per person. Our small Indian gift shop is also available during the hours that our museum is open to the public. We have a Chumash village and 427 acre park that is open to the public on a daily basis at no cost.
|The Ojai Valley Museum||130 West Ojai Avenue, Ojai, (805) 640-1390. The museum is in a newly renovated "Mission Revival" style building (formerly St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel) in which the environmental, cultural, and historical exhibits of the Ojai Valley may be enjoyed. Wednesday: Guided Tours, Thursday - Friday: 1 PM - 4 PM, Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM, Sunday: 12 Noon - 4 PM. Adults: $3.00, 6-18 Years: $1.00, Under 6: Free!|
4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, 644-4346. Built by Don Raymundo Olivas as the main house of Rancho San Miguel in 1849, this is a fine example of a two-story adobe of the California rancho period. Grounds open daily 10-4; house open Saturday and Sunday 10-4. Free.
|Pleasant Valley Museum and Botanical Gardens||720 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, (805) 482-3660. Exhibits feature antiques, photographs and memorabilia from the greater Camarillo area; the garden contains more than 100 native California plants and trees. Saturday and Sunday 1-4, contributions accepted.|
|Port Hueneme Historical Museum|
|Railroad Visitor's Center||455 Main Street, Fillmore, (805) 524-2254. Operated by the Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society; exhibits and on going restoration. Call for information.|
|Rancho Camulos Museum||Highway 126, Piru, (805) 521-1501. Original Mexican land-grant rancho. The Rancho Camulos Museum is Ventura County California's first National Historic Landmark. Rancho Camulos is also known as the "Home of Ramona." Helen Hunt Jackson's 1884 best-selling novel Ramona inspired four motion pictures and a pageant performed annually in Hemet. California. Call for tour information.|
||Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum||
40 Presidential Drive,
Simi Valley, 1-800-410-8354.
“The doors of this library are
open now and all are welcome. The judgment of history is left to you, the
people.” —Ronald Reagan,
Remarks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Dedication
||Ronald Reagan Air Force One Exhibit||
Upon leaving office, President Reagan stated that one day he hoped he would be able to share Air Force One with the American people by placing it at his Presidential Library. That dream to have this magnificent aircraft here at his Library has finally come true. We are privileged to have this national treasure and honored by the trust the United States Air Force has placed in us to share it with the American people. The new Air Force One Pavilion, which opened on October 24, 2005, celebrates President Reagan’s vision and tells the story of his staggering achievements. Visitors to the Reagan Library will be able to board the Air Force One that served as the “Flying White House,” for President Reagan and six other U.S. presidents from 1973-2001. The new Air Force One Pavilion celebrates President Reagan’s vision of face-to-face diplomacy and tells the story of his achievements in promoting peace and democracy around the globe. In addition to Air Force One, the Pavilion includes a Johnson-era Marine One and a Presidential motorcade featuring President Reagan’s 1984 parade limousine.
|Ronald Reagan Ranch Center||
217 State Street, Santa Barbara, 1-800-872-1776. The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, California is now open to the general public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. These galleries feature original Reagan Ranch artifacts matched with state-of-the-art, interactive, multimedia exhibits that highlight the history of Ronald Reagan’s quarter-century at Rancho del Cielo and the accomplishments of his presidency. Over six hours of dynamic multimedia exhibits provide access to exclusive speeches, interviews, radio addresses, and original video presentations. The Reagan Ranch Center is designed to engage visitors of all ages; younger children can even earn their “Junior Secret Service Clearance” by completing a fun and educational scavenger hunt. Admission is FREE; $10/per person suggested donation. For more information, please visit www.yaf.org.
|San Buenaventura Mission||225 East Main Street, Ventura, (805) 643-4318. Founded by Father Junipero Serra on March 31, 1782, this was ninth mission established in Alta (or Northern) California. The Mission Church was completed in 1809 and subsequently restored. A small museum exhibits Chumash Indian and early Mission artifacts. Monsignor Patrick O'Brien welcomes visitors to the active church (when services are not in progress) and to the courtyard that features a beautiful garden and a Spanish-style fountain. The Mission Gift Shop and Museum are open, except for major holidays, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission $1.00, Children .50.|
|Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History||
2559 Puesta del Sol Road,
Santa Barbara, California. Museum Hours: 10am to 5pm Daily,
Saturday and Sunday Museum Admission:
• Adults $8
• Senior (65 and over) $7
• Youth 13-17 $7
• Children 2-12 $5
• Under 2 free
The Museum features eleven exhibit halls, focusing on regional natural history, including birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans and the Chumash Indians. The Lizard Lounge features live reptiles and amphibians.
|Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Chumash Exhibit||
Chumash Indian homeland lies along
the coast of California, between Malibu and Paso Robles, as well as on
the Northern Channel Islands. Before the Mission Period, the Chumash
lived in 150 independent villages with a total population of about
18,000 people. In different parts of the region, people spoke different
but related languages.
||Santa Susana Railroad Depot and Museum||
6503 Katherine Road, Simi
Valley (805) 581-3462. Built in 1903 by the
Southern Pacific Railroad, the Santa Susanna Depot served passengers
and farmers in the Simi Valley for more than 60 years. With a classic
passenger waiting room featuring a pot-belly stove, the depot was also
headquarters for local freight shipments. It was also the home of the
station agent. Some of the agents duties were selling passenger tickets,
routing freight, and passing orders to train crews. Telegraphed messages
to operators or agents at each station along the line controlled train
|Scandinavian Cultural Center||at California Lutheran University, 26 Faculty Rd, Thousand Oaks, (805) 241-0391 The Scandinavian Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Scandinavian Americans. It contains an expansive collection of historical and cultural documents and artifacts that are available for viewing by the public and is a resource for genealogical and folk art studies. A special collection of Scandinavian books, artifacts and oral history tapes housed in the Pearson Library at CLU. Call for hours and appointments.|
|Skatelab Skateboarding Museum|
|Stagecoach Museum Complex||51 Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, (805) 498-9441. The museum is a replica of a Monterey style inn, the 1876 Grand Union Hotel. The complex also includes a Chumash Indian village, an early California adobe, a pioneer house, and a few other buildings. Wednesday-Sunday 1-4, Adults $4, Seniors (62 and over) $3, Youths (13-21) $3, Children (5-12) $1, Children under 5: Free|
|Strathearn Historical Park and Museum||137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley, (805) 526-6453. A journey through time is experienced in the 1883 Strathearn House, originally the Pico/De La Guerra Adobe; the Colony House and Library; barns and farm equipment; and the memorabilia of pioneer families. Docent led tours: Saturday/Sunday 1-4, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday @ 1 p.m. and by appointment, donation of $3 adults. Park is open for self tours Tuesday through Friday 9am - 2pm|
|Ventura County Maritime Museum||
2731 South Victoria Avenue,
(805) 984-6260. An internationally renowned collection of maritime art and ship models
dating from 1540 to the present and guest artist exhibits illustrate maritime
history. The museum
is open daily from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m. General admission is free, but a
donation is appreciated. Group tours and special programs incur a reasonable fee.
|The Ventura County Museum of History & Art||100 East Main Street, Ventura, (805) 653-0323. The Museum was established in 1913. Exhibits include an award-winning interpretation of the history of the County, "Ventura County and the New West," changing art and history exhibits, George Stuart's world-renowned Historical Figures which portray the famous and infamous of world history, and an exhibit of horse-drawn agricultural implements. The home of the Ventura County Historical Society, the Museum houses a research library and an excellent Museum Store. Tuesday-Sunday 10-5, admission $4, free to children 5 years of age and under and Museum members.|
|World War II Aviation and Airliners of America Museum||Commemorative Air Force World War II Aviation Museum, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, CA 93012. Telephone: (805) 482-0064. Indoor displays and aircraft tours led by docents. Eleven current WWII-era aircraft on display (six flyable). Museum open daily 10-4. Restoration hangar active Tues., Thurs., and Sat., 10-4. Donations accepted.|