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Arts & Museums
Famous as the setting of Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona, Rancho Camulos Museum was originally home to Ygnacio del Valle, a renowned rancher, landowner and member of the California State Assembly. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, and is an excellent source of information on a bygone period of Californian history. Regular group and school tours are offered.
Although Oxnard is an hour's drive north from Los Angeles, this art gallery merits the trip. Constructed with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1906, the building itself is the really the main attraction. The elegant Neo-Classical structure was originally used as a library, but was transformed into a cultural center in 1963. The collection consists primarily of 20th century works, including the Carnegie collection that began in 1924. Some of the artists found here include Arthur Beaumont, Cornelius Botke, Colin Campbell Cooper, Katherine Leighton and many others. The museum closes every six weeks to prepare for its new installation, so be sure to call before visiting.
Always wanted to know how petroleum mining is done? Then the California Oil Museum is a place you should surely visit. This unique and interesting museum is all about the valuable natural resource found under Mother Earth. Started as headquarters of the Union Oil Company, this beautiful Queen Anne building now houses the museum. The museum tells you a story of the prosperity and wealth that petroleum brought into the lives of Californians. Interactive displays, exercises, videos, games and hand on experience of mining make the trip worthwhile. Not only children, but the grown ups would also love spending time here. The museum facility is also available as a rental space for private events like luncheons, conferences and meetings. For further information please contact the museum website.
Take a trip back in time, and visit the history of the locals at the Ojai Valley Museum. Established in 1966, by a group of enthusiasts, the museum is home to a voluminous collection of artifacts. Photographs, paintings, implements and craft work are part of the exhibits on display. The museum is housed in a beautiful Colonial Revival structure that was once the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. The historical society, managing the museum, is head-quartered here, and a research library is also located on site.
The house of skatepark also known as the Skatelab features the skateboard museum. The museum consists of over 5000 vintage skateboards, scooters and other items dating since the 1960's till today. This museum is accessible to the public and is free of cost. One can take a great tour in this place around the historic skateboard with it's history being revealed through the displays.
On a mountaintop overlooking the valleys and Santa Cruz Island, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library wows visitors by the view and size. This is the largest presidential library in the country. There is a full size replica of the Oval Office, and more impressively, the Air Force One that served from Nixon to George W. Bush is on exhibit, and visitors can walk through the interior. In honor of President Reagan's tireless effort to tear down the Berlin wall, a piece of it is placed in the library. The two sides of concrete clearly show the difference between East Berlin and West Berlin. The library also has many striking images of President Reagan, which gives visitors of all generations a good idea of the world in the 1980s. -Hoiyin Ip
Vintage locomotives and autocars are featured at The Nethercutt Museum, rendering it a haven for an automobile enthusiast. The founder J.B. Nethercutt began his collection in 1956, which was later transformed into a museum that could be enjoyed by the public. Apart from cars, this place also exhibits antique furniture and musical instruments. Though the museum can be visited without a guide, The Nethercutt Collection, located across the street, can only be perused through a guided tour.
The Valley Relics Museum is the labor of love of Tommy Gelina. It opened its doors in 2013 and has an impressive collection of artifacts, rare photos, archives, objects, antiques, books and more that give an insight to the history of the San Fernando Valley. These relics are personally curated by Tommy.
Spanning over 17,400 square feet (1616 square meters), the Bakersfield Museum of Art is a visual treat for art lovers. It features two large galleries and two smaller ones of stunning art mainly from regional artists as well traveling exhibitions. The museum also has several lovely, well-manicured gardens which display various sculptures and other media. In addition, the two classrooms and banquet hall within the building make this the perfect place for hosting weddings, mini-conferences and receptions. The museum is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00a to 4:00p, and weekends between 12:00p to 4:00p. Museum entrance fees for the public are USD5 for adults, USD2 for children and USD4 for senior citizens.
This establishment is a natural history museum located in Bakersfield, California, in the Arts District in the downtown area. The focus areas of the museum include geology, anthropology and paleontology. Originally founded in the year 1995, it was centered around the largest collection of Miocene fossils in the region. It moved to its current downtown location later. The main exhibits of the museum include Mary Ernst collection of Miocene fossil, taxidermy animals, replica of a yokuts Indian village, a model of Yosemite Valley, several other artifacts, and an interactive center.
The Bakersfield region of California boasts of the terrific Kern County Museum. The historically significant museum site was erected and established in 1941. The museum focuses on displaying the history of the Kern County. The Beale Memorial Clock Tower, sited in the scenic lawn needs a special mention. The museum can be actively toured from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a to 5 p, while the Sunday timings are 12 p to 5 p. It swanks of a distinct range of collections and ensures enormous crowds of visitors each year.
This San Fernando Valley museum offers a unique look into L.A.'s historic past. The original mission was founded on September 8, 1797 and has been meticulously restored to closely resemble the original structure plus a few modernizations. Visitors to the mission can tour the church, monastery, living quarters and even an archival center featuring preserved documents and records. Also be sure to check out the museum's theater, which offers short films pertaining to the mission's illustrious history.