The Agriculture Museum occupies the historic Mill building adjacent to the Southern Pacific Railroad station in downtown Santa Paula. The Mill was built in 1888 as an agricultural warehouse, and later served as a feed and grain outlet, and an antiques mall.
The Agriculture Museum will be operated as a satellite of the Museum of Ventura County, which has its main site in Downtown Ventura. The heart of the Agriculture Museum’s collection is a remarkable assemblage of vintage farm equipment and tools amassed over the years by a group of longtime county residents, led by Oxnard farmer Bob Pfeiler. The collection includes tractors, blacksmith anvils, plows, grain drills, bean threshers, orchard wind machines and hand-operated nut hullers.
The museum owns an impressive collection of clothing, periodicals, photographs and other unique artifacts. Containing nearly 1,000 items, the museum’s farm collection is one of the most extensive in the state and ranks as an important national collection.
Exhibits with rare historical photographs and interactive elements tell the story of Ventura County’s farming and ranching traditions and their evolution. Museum attractions also include a working beehive and vintage tractors from its nationally recognized collection, including one for children to climb