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1/2 Day Trip to Inland Ventura County

  • Jan 6, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Please Note: I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate. Read the directions carefully below before RSVPing 'Yes'

1) We will be carpooling at the Sepulveda Garden Center which is located 16633 Magnolia Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406. Closest exit is on Hayvenhurst heading North on the 101 freeway. Make a left on Hayvenhurst and then a right on Magnolia Blvd. Park on the street that's one block West of where Hayvenhurst and Magnolia intersect. Its important that you arrive at 11 AM SHARP.

2) If you carpool, please give your designated driver at least $15 to reimburse for gas and car maintenance expenses.

3) I will schedule a quick lunch in between the museum visits. Restaurant is TBD. Bring about $30 in CA$H for lunch.

4) You don't have to enter every museum we visit - you can explore the area while I'm inside the museum.

5) Each of the 3 museums we will be visiting costs $4 for admission, so total cost would be $12 for admission,

Our first stop is the California Oil Museum (10 am to 4 pm). Admission is $4.


From fossils to fill 'er up, the California Oil Museum tells the story of the black bonanza that created wealth, work, and prosperity for generations of Californians. 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. Visitors can exercise their wits and luck as California wildcatters, see how the Indians used natural oil seeps, watch a miniature drilling rig bore into the earth, and explore the memorable brands of gas bought by early California car drivers. The Lundgren and Bennett Collections of gas station memorabilia are one of the largest displays of vintage gas pumps in California. In addition to the permanent petroleum exhibits, the Museum presents new exhibits of science, transportation, history, and art throughout the year. Lundgren Park is located on the Museum grounds and is available for picnics.

Our second stop is Santa Paula Art Museum (12 pm to 4 pm). Admission is $4.

117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula.


The Museum is located in the historic Limoneira Building at 117 North Tenth Street in downtown Santa Paula. It is next to the established City of Santa Paula's California Oil Museum, located in the original Victorian headquarters of the Union Oil Company of California which was founded here in 1890. The new museum site faces scenic highway 150 and is one block from the intersection with Main Street.

The proximity of the two museums in the historic downtown district, establishes both a cultural destination and the keystone for the City's ongoing revitalization program. Additionally, the location is within walking distance of the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, the restored vintage train depot, and the Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum located at the old mill.

Through a lease agreement with the Limoneira Company, the bottom floor of their historic landmark has been renovated and reopened as the Santa Paula Art Museum. The classic two-story structure was designed by the famed local architect Roy Wilson, Sr. and built to accommodate the offices of the Limoneira Company in the early 1920s. The architectural details of the exterior of the building hint at the interior's handsome paneling, soaring windows and spectacular atrium.

Our thirdand final stop is the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum (10 am to 4 pm). Admission is $4.

926 Railroad Ave, Santa Paula, CA 93060


In 2006, the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) received a federal grant to renovate the building. The VCTC selected the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum as the new tenant.

Permanent exhibits using rare historical photographs and interactive elements, as well as changing exhibits and exciting events, tell the story of Ventura County’s farming and ranching tradition. Starting with Mission times, visitors can trace the County’s evolution into one of the nation’s most productive growing regions, and learn what innovations are in store for an industry that presently employs more than 30,000 county residents.

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  • Marla

    Wonderful experience and the people were exceptional. Thank you, Robert for organizing and thank you Steev for driving. Super day.

    January 6, 2013

  • Steev

    I will be at the Garden Center at 11:00.

    January 5, 2013

    • Robert

      Steev, make sure to call/text me at[masked] when you arrive at the Garden Center since I don't think I have ever met you in person yet.

      January 5, 2013

  • Robert

    Rita we can meet at the B of A Parking Lot at 10:40 AM before heading over to the Sepulveda Garden Center to carpool with the rest of the group.

    December 31, 2012

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