California Museums


California Oil Museums List and Information

California Oil Museums

California Oil Museum
National Register Historic Site #86002619
1001 E. Main St.
Santa Paula, CA 93061
805.933.0076 tel

Open: 10 am. to 4 p.m., Wed - Sun
$4 Adult, $3 Senior, $1 Youth
Guided tours are available:
Getting there: Exit 10th St from the 126 Fwy

Guided tours are available: (805) 933-0076 x291 or

Operated by the City of Santa Paula Community Services Department, the Museum highlights the inner workings of the state's black gold industry through interactive displays, videos, working models, games, photographs, restored gas station memorabilia, and an authentic turn-of-the-century cable-tool drilling rig.
e permanent exhibits of the Museum explore the world of petroleum technology, science, and history in California. In W. M. Keck, Sr. Hall, the workings and history of the oil and gas are explained through video programs, interactive models, computer displays, artifacts, photographs, and a variety of historical memorabilia.

The Rig Building contains an authentic 1890s drilling rig that has been restored to working order. This cast-iron and wooden-timber drilling rig was salvaged from the local oilfields during the 1940s.

The Museum's Second Story has been carefully restored to reflect the original appearance of Union Oil Company's 1890 corporate headquarters. It is considered one of the finest commercial building restorations in California of the late Victorian era. The Second Story also contains a 1930s-era Apartment that has been re-created the residential occupation of the building during the Great Depression and WWII years.

The 1890 Museum Building has been designated a National Register Historic Site for its exceptional Victorian-Queen Anne architecture and its historical importance as the original headquarters of one of the great California oil companies, Union Oil Company of California.

Lundgren Park is located on the Museum grounds and is available for picnics.

A 1900 iron and timber full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions of the Museum!

Subscribe to our newsletter!