Ventura


Albinger Archaeological Museum

  • ventura_1Displays artifacts spanning 3,500 years from a single Chumash archaeological site next to San Buenaventura Mission
  • Other exhibits focus on the Mission, Mexican, and American periods
  • Location: 113 East Main Street in Ventura
  • Open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Monday
  • Admission: free
  • Call (805) 648-5823

Chumash Interpretive Center

  • Chumash artifacts from various areas of Southern California
  • Artifacts and narrative pictorials give a wonderfully descriptive view into the material and cultural world of the Chumash people and their way of life
  • Location: 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway in Thousand Oaks
  • Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. A nature walk to the Chumash Village and a cave containing ancient pictographs is available on Saturday at 1 p.m.
  • Admission: free; donations are appreciated
  • Call (805) 492-8076
  • Visit www.chumashindianmuseum.com

Ojai Valley Historical Society and Museum

  • ventura_2Museum features exhibits on Chumash Indian culture and the Spanish colonial period
  • Chumash Garden is a living botanical garden that explains the use of native plants used by the Chumash for food, medicine, and to make baskets and other craft items.
  • Location: 130 West Ojai Avenue in Ojai
  • Open Wednesday for guided tours; Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $3 adults, $1 children 6-18 years, children under 6 are free
  • Call (805) 640-1390
  • Visit http://www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/

Rancho Camulos

  • Features historic buildings in a rural setting reflecting Mexican Period and early American Period lifeways
  • Location: 5164 East Telegraph Road, approximately 2 mi. east of Piru on Highway 126 in eastern Ventura County
  • Open Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Call (805) 521-1501
  • Visit http://www.ranchocamulos.org/

San Buenaventura Mission

  • Ninth and last of the California missions founded by Father Serra, in 1782
  • Location: 211 East Main Street in Ventura
  • Museum and Mission Gift Shop are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for major holidays
  • Admission: donation for the Museum and a self-guided tour is $1 for adults and $.50 for children
  • Call (805) 643-4318
  • Visit http://www.sanbuenaventuramission.org

Stagecoach Inn Museum

  • ventura_3The Tri–Village consists of a Chumash ap (tule dwelling), a Spanish/Mexican adobe, and a Pioneer home, representing the three historic eras in the Conejo Valley.
  • Bedrock mortar, fossil dig, and ceremonial fire ring blessed by the Chumash are near the Chumash ap.
  • Location: 51 South Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park
  • Open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for docent-led tours. The entire complex is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Special group tours may be arranged by calling the museum. School tours are given Wednesday morning.
  • Admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors (62 and over) and youths (13-21), $1 children (5-12), children under 5 are free
  • Call (805) 498-9441
  • Visit www.stagecoachmuseum.org

Ventura County Archaeological Society

  • Established in 1971 by Ventura County citizens as well as local professional and avocational archaeologists to organize, study, and preserve the county’s rich prehistoric heritage
  • Has been instrumental in local research and preservation
  • Collections and archival curation program
  • Site recordation and monitoring program
  • Continuation education program
  • Call (805) 526-2649 (east county) or (805) 647-4823 (west county)
  • Visit http://www.venturaarchaeology.org/