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“Blew me Away! Amazing.”

Museum of Ventura County - Agriculture Museum
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Santa Paula
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

Was passing Santa Paula on the 126 and decided to get off on 10th street to grab a bite to eat. After my lunch I decided to site see with my family. We explored Main St. and continued to walk up 10th. We saw the Oil and Art museum but my family were not really feeling it at the moment. We stopped at the historic train depot looked around and then right behind the depot was the Agriculture Museum. We asked "Whats that" and decided to go see for ourselves. The building is amazing... built in 1888 it underwent a huge restoration and is now a musum. The museum covers a wide arrary of topics talking about Ventura County's history. And what "Blew me Away" was how much interative exhibits were inside the museum. It is extremly kid friendly, and we enjoyed climbing on the tractor and buggy... oh and of course the live bee hive! I give the Ag Museum three tumbs up if I had an extra thumb. A Must See. Has a lot of history and fun.

3  Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

This museum captures the essence of agriculture from the 1800's to present day. This is a must for kids (and maybe adults)
who don't have a clue about the trials, tribulations and successes of farmers and their contribution to our society. This is presented in a fun way with lots of antique tractors, photographs, farm machinery. Two other museums are around the corner that show the origins of the oil industry in Ventura County (Union 76 Oil started here) and a wonderful art museum.

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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Only an hour and a half drive from Los Angeles, Santa Paula lies in the middle of a rich agricultural area in Ventura County. The Agriculture Museum celebrates this major industry. Housed in a former warehouse or packing plant beside the railroad a few steps from the Santa Paula Depot, this building has two main spaces. The first space is an introduction to the bounty of Ventura County, the next space displays tractors and farming equipment, exhibits, a glass covered bee hive, and photo opportunities. A large open space behind is planned to be the site of a model farm. Today, many people believe that food comes from the grocery store, the Agriculture Museum educates us to where food really comes from. The museum is walking distance from several other museums in central Santa Paula.

1  Thank Kenneth L
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

We discovered this museum unexpectedly while looking at a brochure of museums and historic sites in Ventura County. We were planning to pass through Santa Paula on the way home, so we added it to our schedule. The museum had been open less than a year with plans for expansion. Less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, Ventura County is a major agricultural producer. This museum celebrates this industry.

There are several exhibits on farm equipment including early tractors and harvesting machinery. A small children’s area fills a corner of the large exhibit space. A glass covered bee hive shows how these important creatures do their work, without the sting. Displays show produce from Ventura County and the history of agriculture in the county. A large vacant lot behind the museum will soon be home to an outdoor exhibit featuring an idealized farm.

The museum is walking distance from the Santa Paula Depot and a few blocks more are two other museums. A family can spend the day in Santa Paula visiting the five museums (Aviation Museum open only first Sunday of the month).

We enjoyed visiting this new and unexpected museum about an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles. Admission was modest and it was easy to find.

2  Thank Kenneth L
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