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 Categories:
    Agriculture Museum ,    Historical Museum,

Business Hours:
    The museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday begins 11/25/2011

Admission Pricing:
    $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, and children under 6 free

Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   MasterCard,   Visa,  

Admittance:
    During normal business hours

Location Type:
    Historical Museum

Languages Spoken:
    English,  

Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor Location

Parking On-Site?
    Yes  

Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes

Smoking?
    NOT Permitted

Cell Phones?
    Permitted

Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions

Pets Allowed?
    No


 Recent News & Buzz!!
6/26/15 - Sunday, July 5 .... Kids can Make a Mini Greenhouse at the Agriculture Museum
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On Sunday, July 5, kids and grown-ups can plant a variety of fall crops in a mini greenhouse. Seeds will sprout on a window sill or in any sunny spot. A light misting every few days will keep them growing. When 2 – 3 leaves sprout, they will be ready to transplant into pots or right into your garden bed. Choose from crops such as cucumbers, beans, carrots, beets, winter squash, beneficial flowers, and more. While you’re here, visit our drought tolerant demonstration garden and garden beds. Admission is free all day, with greenhouse planting from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. All ages are welcome.
Also on July 5, booksigning with Fillmore author Evie Ybarra of her book “Legendary Locals of Fillmore,” a new local history book that reveals the intriguing characters and everyday citizens who shaped Fillmore’s character. Legendary Locals of Fillmore shares the stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history.
Since its beginning as a Southern Pacific Railroad town 100 years ago, Fillmore has been the setting of many legends and true tales, like the St. Francis Dam disaster, the 1994 earthquake, and the Hollywood film shoots.   (805) 653-0323
4/23/15 - Specialty Cocktails, Casino, Music, & Cowboy Cuisine ... Saturday night
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5-7 PM - Specialty Cocktails, Casino, Music, and Cowboy Cuisine .... 7-8 PM - Live Auction, Museum Presentation, Dutch Auction .... 8-7 PM - Casino, Dessert, Cocktails, Live Music, Raffle Prizes. Complimentary valet parking.
Presented by ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
Venue ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum  Website
4/16/15 - Great event .... See You at the Saloon ... April 25th ... Support the Museum!
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5-7 PM - Specialty Cocktails, Casino, Music, and Cowboy Cuisine .... 7-8 PM - Live Auction, Museum Presentation, Dutch Auction .... 8-7 PM - Casino, Dessert, Cocktails, Live Music, Raffle Prizes. Complimentary valet parking.
Presented by ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
Venue ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum  Website
12/3/14 - Save the Date! Alan Thornhill performing in Limoneira Hall -- 12/5
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Alan Thornhill’s unpretentious nature could be misleading. You might think upon meeting him that he’s simply the modest legendary finish carpenter from the artist colony of Ojai, CA. That myth evaporates when he picks up a guitar and beautiful hands reveal what they were born to do. Long recognized as a notably brilliant player ( winner of the prestigious Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship,) his distinctive sound has been featured on numerous recordings (Kate Wolfe, Chris Hillman, Hoyt Axton, The Rincon Ramblers and more.) While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it is simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many “one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.” Alan’s a singer admired by his peers and beloved by devoted fans and mesmerized first timers.
Admission to Music at the Ag is $10 general public; $2 kids with an adult; $5 MVC museum members. Food trucks will be on hand with dinner or snacks for purchase from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; seating is first come first seated; and tables and chairs are provided in Limoneira Hall where the band will perform.
Presented by ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
Venue ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum  Website
11/29/14 - Save the Date! Alan Thornhill performing in Limoneira Hall -- 12/5
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Alan Thornhill’s unpretentious nature could be misleading. You might think upon meeting him that he’s simply the modest legendary finish carpenter from the artist colony of Ojai, CA. That myth evaporates when he picks up a guitar and beautiful hands reveal what they were born to do. Long recognized as a notably brilliant player ( winner of the prestigious Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship,) his distinctive sound has been featured on numerous recordings (Kate Wolfe, Chris Hillman, Hoyt Axton, The Rincon Ramblers and more.) While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it is simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many “one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.” Alan’s a singer admired by his peers and beloved by devoted fans and mesmerized first timers.
Admission to Music at the Ag is $10 general public; $2 kids with an adult; $5 MVC museum members. Food trucks will be on hand with dinner or snacks for purchase from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; seating is first come first seated; and tables and chairs are provided in Limoneira Hall where the band will perform.
Presented by ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
Venue ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum  Website
10/27/14 - Save the Date! Celebrate the American Songbook with Leigh Vance and Friends -- 11/7
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Music at the Ag Presents: Celebrate the American Songbook with Leigh Vance and Friends, on Friday, November 7, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, at the MVC Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Avenue, in Santa Paula.
Sultry song-stylist Leigh Demarche Vance sings Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter with a band that’s out of this world! Pianist Bevan Manson, bassist Granville “Danny” Young,” and drummer Charles Levin back up Leigh, who has sung professionally since age six. She’s performed in Vegas, with Bob Hope, Donald O’Conner, and The Tex Beneke Orchestra; at the Ahmanson Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, and The Sands Hotel.
From 7:00 to 8:30, The Underground Gourmet Food Truck will serve delicious dinner items you can bring inside. Tables and comfortable chairs are provided. Have a great evening for just $10 general admission; $2 kids with adult; $5 MVC Ag Museum members. No reservations necessary. First come, first seated. For information: (805) 525-3100.
Presented by ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
Venue ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum  Website
10/7/14 - Be Waterwise-Managing surface water and ground water -- 10/9
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Managing surface water and ground water: that's what local hydrogeologist Dan Detmer will explain at our Second Thursday Gallery Talk, on October 9, at 2:00. Learn where water we use comes from!
See the new exhibition: "All in the Same Boat: Challenges for Ventura County Water Users," sponsored in part by a grant from the Thelma Hansen Trust.
Dan has worked as a Hydrogeologist with United Water Conservation District for 18 years. He is a licensed Professional Geologist and Certified Hydrogeologist. He developed the United's water level and water quality monitoring programs. He has been active with water quality issues in the area, including saline intrusion in coastal areas and both chloride and nitrate issues in inland areas. Dan earned his Masters degree in Geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1995
Presented by ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
Venue ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum  Website
10/2/14 - Final Santa Paula Cruise Night with Blues at the Agricultural Museum! -- 10/3
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Don't Miss: the Final Santa Paula Cruise Night of the Year: Friday, October 3, starting at 5:00 pm. After you enjoy the fantastic, classic cars, head on over to the Agriculture Museum for Ventura County's best LIVE MUSIC and dancing, 7:30-9:30, to the music of the B & B Blues Band. Admission: $10 adults; $2 kids; $5 MVC museum members. Gourmet tacos, burgers and salads served from 7 to 8:30 by the Underground Gourmet Food Truck
Presented by ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
Venue ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum  Website
8/29/14 - The Agricultural Museum Presents a Free Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair! -- 9/1
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Enjoy a Free Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair, immediately following the Santa Paula Labor Day Parade.
See the Topa Topa Flywheelers' Tractors, Music by the Cruise Knights, Local Food Trucks, $5.00 Kids Fun Zone and Free Museum Admission
Presented by ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum
Venue ... Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum  Website
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
6/25/12 - Save the Date! -- Swing Cheese Jazz Combo Concert -- July 13
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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



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