The Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula opens to the public on Sunday, September 25, from 11:00 am to 5:00 p.m., with special free admission, docent led tours and live music by the Lynn Mullins Pickup Band. The long awaited realization of more than 40 years of effort and dedication by many supporters, the Agriculture Museum is appropriately housed in the landmark 1888 restored Mill building at 926 Railroad Avenue, beside the railroad tracks and depot in Santa Paula's historic downtown.
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.
Permanent exhibits using rare historical photographs and interactive elements, 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.
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.
Regular museum hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Membership in the Museum of Ventura County includes free admission to both their Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula and the Museum of Ventura County in Ventura. General public admission to the Agriculture Museum is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, and children under 6 free.