Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
926 Railroad Ave.
Santa Paula, CA  93061

(805) 525-3100
Website
 
  
Description:
   Come see inside our hard working beehive, let your kids climb on a vintage tractor, and learn about how food is grown, when the Museum of Ventura County's long awaited Agriculture Museum has opened in Santa Paula. Insects: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, features the museum’s own beehive and magnified images of bees taken with a scanning electron microscope by artist and photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher. The exhibit also focuses on the threat posed to farmers by the tiny but frightening Asian Citrus Psyllid insect. Eight vintage tractors, dating from 1914 to 1955, are found throughout the building, including one upon which children can sit. The machines are part of a rotating display of the museum’s nationally recognized collection of farm implements. display of the museum’s nationally recognized collection of farm implements. Exhibit information will be in English and in Spanish; however, we cannot say that Spanish is spoken.
    The realization of more than 40 years of effort and dedication by supporters, the Agriculture Museum is appropriately housed in the landmark 1888 restored Mill building, at 926 Railroad Avenue, beside the railroad tracks and across from the depot in Santa Paula, California's historic downtown.
    The museum will feature both permanent and changing exhibits. Permanent exhibits will focus on broad thematic areas relevant to agriculture, including history, geography, technology, water, labor, economics, and the mechanics of farming. The exhibits will describe how Ventura County’s agricultural roots have shaped the region, describe the role agriculture continues to play in the economy, landscape and culture of the county, and examine the issues and forces that will shape the industry’s future. Many of the exhibits will be interactive, and will incorporate state-of-the-art technology.
    Museum directors and staff intend the Agriculture Museum to be an important addition to Ventura County’s burgeoning cultural scene, which includes the nearby California Oil Museum, Santa Paula Art Museum and the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula.
Museum Category:
    Historical


Business Hours:
    The museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday begins 11/25/2011
Location Type:
    Historical Museum
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   MasterCard,   Visa,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  
Admission Pricing:
    $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, and children under 6 free
General Business Classification:
    Museums, Historic Sites, Attractions
    Categories:
    Agriculture Museum
    Historical Museum

Admittance:
    During normal business hours.
Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes  
Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes
Smoking?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Permitted
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions
Pets Allowed?
    No
 Recent Buzzes!!
4/9/13 - You can Find the Best of Ventura County Products at the AG Museum In Santa Paula
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Did you know you can find Gourmet Foods, Local Products,Fine Art, Gifts and More from Local Business's in Ventura County at our Store in the Ag Museum?  Website
3/25/13 - Save the Date! -- Gallery Talk with Anna Bermudez -- March 27
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Join Curator of Collections, Anna Bermudez, as she discusses highlights from the new exhibit, Prized Possessions: A Century of Collecting in the first of a series of monthly gallery talks in Ventura.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum.  Website
2/20/13 - From Goddess to Gleaners: The Symbolism of Agriculture in Art -- February 23
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Speaker Meg Phelps will discuss how past cultures represented agriculture in painting and sculpture. See the beauty of all things bountiful and agricultural in Art About Agriculture, running now through March 17, 2013. The exhibit features the juried work of more than 50 artists working in both two and three-dimensional media. All the art draws its inspiration from local agricultural heritage or contemporary agriculture.
Art About Agriculture is curated by painter Gail Pidduck and photographer John Nichols. In 2007 they formed the Ag Art Alliance in 2007 to promote a greater appreciation of the place of agriculture in our lives by revealing the many facets of agriculture through the eyes of artists. All work in the exhibit will be for sale.
The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California, in their historic downtown, near the Depot and next to the railroad tracks. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for Museum of Ventura County members, and for children ages 5 and younger. On first Sundays of the month, general admission is always free.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum.  Website
2/11/13 - Farmer Jon Peterson to discuss Vintage Tractors -- February 14
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Find out why people love tractors when Jon Peterson talks about the vintage machines currently on display at the Agriculture Museum. Peterson is a Camarillo farmer and long-time member of the museum’s Farm Implement Committee.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum.  Website
10/11/12 - Painting Demonstration -- Saturday
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See artist Hilda Kilpatrick create a painting on site. The demonstration is free with paid museum admission. Visitors can also see her work in the exhibition entitled: Fields of Flowers: Paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick, at the Agriculture Museum through October 28.
Inspired by California landscapes since moving here from her native Peru in 1988, Ventura resident Kilpatrick paints the local scenery with concern that it may be gone or drastically different in the future. “By capturing places on my canvas, they remain timeless,” Kilpatrick notes. Her colors and brushstrokes reflect the influence of early California painters as well as the Impressionists.
Kilpatrick’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibits throughout the county, and at the Museum of Ventura County in Ventura. She was the recipient of a City of Ventura Artist Fellowship and won the Founders and People’s Choice Award at the 70th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show. She has been featured in national publications such as SkyWest Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and her work is in private collections in Europe and South America.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum.  Website
9/3/12 - Save the Date! -- Fall Exhibits Opening + Anniversary Party -- September 15
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What better way to celebrate than with flowers? That’s what the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum will do to mark the first anniversary of opening their doors in Santa Paula.
The day includes two new exhibitions about flowers, music from 2:30 to 3:30 pm by Arturo and Marco Perez, the appearance of four newly installed vintage tractors, added exhibit activities for children, and the unveiling of conceptual plans for the museum’s Heritage Gardens. The future expansion to be built behind the present Mill will include educational agricultural gardens of crops raised in Ventura County now and in the past; an arbor and aqueduct; and education and venue facilities.
Saturday’s visitors might recognize many of the locations seen in the new exhibit Fields of Flowers: Paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick, which continues through October 28, 2012. Inspired by California landscapes since moving here from her native Peru in 1988, Kilpatrick’s exuberant colors and impressionistic brushstrokes convey the beauty of local flower fields. “By capturing places on my canvas, they remain timeless,” Kilpatrick notes.
A similar concern for the future is the focus of the other new exhibition Dollars and Scents: The Business of Cut Flowers. It explores the question of how the county’s eighth most valuable crop will survive in the 21st century, as new challenges confront California’s cut flower industry, which began first in Ventura County. Artifacts, interactive elements and photographs by Dan Holmes, Terri Laine, and John Nichols highlight the exhibition, which continues through December 30, 2012.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum.  Website
7/27/12 - Save the Date! -- Summer Dinner + a “Mule” Movie! -- August 17
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If you find mules irresistible, don’t miss Dinner and a Mule Movie ... The summer evening will begin with dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by the first Ventura County screening of Mula: The Long-Eared Hero of the Old Spanish Trail, with an introduction by the filmmakers.
Dinner includes a full taco bar with dessert and soft drinks; and popcorn with the movie. A no host bar is also available. Admission is $20 for the general public and $10 for children under 12. Space is limited; for reservations, call 805-525-3100.
Santa Barbara filmmakers Susan Jensen and Paul Singer will introduce the movie at 6:45 p.m. It follows the story of the California Mule Rush, when thieves plundered ranchos and missions, stealing thousands of prized California mules to take over the Old Spanish Trail to sell in Missouri. Learn why California mules were worth ten times the price of horses at that time, and hear about these hard working animals from today’s packers, breeders, traders and mule drivers.
Filmed in California, Missouri and Tennessee, the film is underscored with the music of award winning Dave Stamey and Juni Fisher. Mula: The Long-Eared Hero of the Old Spanish Trail is the seventh in J & S Productions’ Vaquero series.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula.  Website
7/14/12 - Save the Date! -- The Mules That Made the Grade: Building the Norwegian Grade -- August 11
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How Mules Helped Norwegian Immigrants Get Conejo Valley Crops to Market: Hear the surprising story of how five families of stubborn Norwegian immigrants and their equally stubborn mules built what’s still known as the Norwegian Grade.
In the late nineteenth century, accidents and injuries were common on the switchbacks of the Conejo, Butterfield Stage and Potrero grades, which were the only available routes to haul hay to farmers and grain to the Hueneme wharf from the Conejo Valley. Between 1900 and 1911, five families of Norwegian immigrants took matters into their own hands and built a better route. County Supervisors gave $60 for dynamite, the farmers and their mules provided the labor, and the safer Norwegian Grade was carved out.
Gerald “Gerry” Olsen, grandson of one of these original families, details how this small group of Conejo Valley farmers created a new, safer and quicker route to market. The talk is included with the price of general admission; museum members are free. Seating is limited; so reservations are recommended. To RSVP call 805-525-3100.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula.  Website
7/13/12 - Tonight! -- Swing Cheese Jazz Combo Concert
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The Music At the Mill series resumes with this six-piece group presenting American and European jazz and bebop standards from the 1930s and 1940's, played in the gypsy jazz style of musician Django Reinhardt. Seating is limited, with admission of $10 for the general public and $5 for Museum of Ventura County members, and includes entry to the galleries.
Swing Cheese includes Chris Frederic on guitar; Lauren Donahue on violin; Chris Jensen on percussion; John Dickenson on banjo; Arne Anselm on bass; and Fred Burgess on guitar.
The Mill, an 1888 building now restored to house the new Agriculture Museum, has historically been a favorite site for local jam sessions and performances. The museum has renewed the tradition with the Music at the Mill series of informal concerts. Swing Cheese’s banjo player Dickenson is making a return visit there, having played in the building during the 1970s when he was with the Mill Jammers, a group which sometimes employed handy feed store supplies as instruments.
To reserve seats, call the Agriculture Museum at (805) 525-3100. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and reserved seats will be held until 7:15. Walk-ins will be seated only after that time.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula.  Website
7/10/12 - Save the Date! -- Free First Sunday at the Agriculture Museum -- August 5
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Relax and enjoy the classic country & western sounds of the Lucky Sons band on August 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., during Free First Sunday at the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. Refreshments are available.
The Lucky Sons band have been together for more than 15 years, and includes Brian Hernandez on drums; Ray Magee on pedal steel guitar and vocals; Paul Skeels on lead guitar and vocals; and Jim Stephenson on bass guitar and vocals. In the 1990’s they were part of Cletus Bumpus and the Other Guys, and later were known as the Ellsworth Barranca Band. They specialize in three-part harmony with an emphasis on music made famous by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and others.
The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum features a special vintage tractor as well as a buggy for children to climb, and two summer exhibitions. Horse Play, with larger than life-size paintings by Katie Upton, captures equine exuberance, and Team Work: Horses & Mules on the Job includes rare historic images illustrating how these animals once provided the major muscle for agriculture and commerce.
Venue: Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula.  Website
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