We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Ventura County Museum of History & Art

Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Phone Number:

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 37 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 20
  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
Nice venue for any type of event

If you are looking for a little of Ventura's history, this is the place. If you need a nice and spacious venue for your event, this is the place too!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
Ventura, California
Add Photo Write a Review

37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 35: English reviews
Ventura, California
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

If you are looking for a little of Ventura's history, this is the place. If you need a nice and spacious venue for your event, this is the place too!

Thank SoCalBroker
Oxnard, California
Level Contributor
248 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

or grand children. Enclosed, so it's safe from the street. Areas just for the children. It's not so big that you feel overwhelmed. Good exhibits and the docents are very knowledgeable.

Thank jtdanza
Ventura, California
Level Contributor
79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

My last visit was as a volunteer for World Ocean Day. This museum is in a convenient location (on Main Street across from Mission San Buenaventura). And afterward, you can walk to the beach (4 blocks away).

2 Thank LwindVta
Mesa, Arizona
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

since 13,000 BC. The museum appears more for locals . I expected more in the chumosh natives if spelled correctly. Apparently, the Chumosh lived on the Channel Islands since 13,000 BC. I wanted to learn more about them ans not musical instruments. For the price it is worth it but needs more Chumosh artifacts.

1 Thank Larain S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

We had originally planned to visit another museum but it was closed. The exhibits were varied with an interesting special exhibit of musical instruments. The historical displays helped answer questions regarding the native populations & the early community. A room featuring a local artist was captivating and caused me to spend more time in the museum than I had anticipated.... More 

1 Thank Gail F
San Marcos, California
Level Contributor
869 reviews
436 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Very small museum across from the Mission. Stopped in on our way to the mission and it was worth the time. Really liked the George Stuart doll collection about the diamond necklace.

Thank JimmyJackk
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

This is a very small museum, with only a few rooms of displays. But what they do is very well done. I enjoyed the musical instruments exhibit as well as the historical figures gallery. Admission is very reasonable, especially if you ask for the AAA or student discount. The exhibits change regularly, so I will make a point of stopping... More 

2 Thank Mom_of_Alex
Fullerton, California
Level Contributor
75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Located across the street from the Mission, this museum was a surprise find. It had very good exhibits, including one of historical dolls telling a story and a movie about the artist and the making of historically accurate dolls.

Thank Jim B
Rutland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
233 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Warm welcome - inexpensive entry fee - smart and clean building and displays. What it did it did very well, Music, guitars, drum making and some wind instruments. Videos - excellent External garden and displays needed some TLC and the introduction of bigger bushes and trees - to make it interesting. The Gallery with a French history diorama was excellent... More 

2 Thank Mike W
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
169 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

I love coming here to see the permanent collections and to see various ever-changing new art exhibits.

Thank OneOrchidLover

Travellers who viewed Ventura County Museum of History & Art also viewed


Been to Ventura County Museum of History & Art? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ventura County Museum of History & Art staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?