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George Stuart Collections - Ventura Museum - Ventura
George Stuart Collections - Ventura Museum

Once again I will say I feel blessed to see such a wonderful exhibit as this. It travels across the country, but this museum has a portion of his collection continuously on exhibit in the museum's Smith Gallery. Oh my goodness! I can't tell the detail in the faces of these dolls. The customes are excellent. He trives to make them as accurate as he can from drawings, paintings or what is available as far as history provides. "Excellent!"

Parking:
There is a free parking lot on the West side of the Museum, which is accessible from both Main and Santa Clara Streets. There is also parking along the street on both Main and Santa Clara Streets.

Museum Hours:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Also closed for New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission:

Members Free
General (18-61) $4.00
Senior and AAA $3.00
Children (6-17) $1.00

Address: 100 E. Main St., Ventura, California 93001

Directions: From the 101 Freeway heading North, take the California Street exit (watch the overhead signs so you're in the middle lane, going right) and proceed two block North to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and go four blocks. The museum is on the left

Phone: (805) 653-0323

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Free Wheeling Exhibit - Ventura Museum - Ventura
Free Wheeling Exhibit - Ventura Museum

Does any one remember their first bike? Raise your hand! Hmm, I see, many do! I remember for my 8th birthday, my dad took me to K-mart and as always I just followed. I followed him to the bike department and he said, "It's your birthday, pick the bike you want!" I can't tell you how precious that moment that was. I picked of course what was popular. A blue banana seat bike with the high handle bars with the little basket that hanged in front. It is a good thing my mom never watched me much when I rode my bike......lol! See, I think this exhibit will bring back so many memories of those precious yesteryears:-) It is small, yet wonderful! Much to enjoy here!
Museum Hours:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Also closed for New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission:

Members Free
General (18-61) $4.00
Senior and AAA $3.00
Children (6-17) $1.00

Address: 100 E. Main St., Ventura, California 93001

Directions: From the 101 Freeway North, take the California Street exit (watch the overhead signs so you're in the middle lane, going right) and proceed two block North to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and go four blocks. The museum on your left

Phone: (805) 653-0323

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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What view from here! - Ventura

What view from here!

San Buenaventura City Hall San Buenaventura City Hall Review

Built 1912 by Los Angeles architect Albert C. Martin using the "beaux-arts" style, neo-classic columns, arched windows, and terra cotta facade decorated with 24 faces of Fransiscan padres, the order that founded the city in 1782. A truley impressive building. Me and the hubby peeked inside the front doors and you could see the beautiful interiors and fabulous stair case. Oh, there are some really wonderful murals on the entrance walls too. A must see!

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F


VENTURA COUNTY COURTHOUSE Historical Marker NO. 847

Address: 501 Poli Street, Ventura, Ca 93001

Directions: From the 101 take the Main Street exit. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Turn right when you reach California Avenue. The City Hall is at the end of the road.

Phone: 805-654-7800

Website: http://www.ventura.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2007
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Mission San Buenaventura - Ventura
Mission San Buenaventura

Founded in 1782 by Fray Junipero Serra on Easter Morning, March 31 and the ninth and last founded during his lifetime, and one of six he personally dedicated. A permanent construction began in 1792, but was not complete till almost 1809 and dedicated on Sept. 9. Services began the very next day.
The mission survived earthquakes and pirates. It's land and possessions were seized by the Mexican government, but later after the state was part of the union Bishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany petitioned the United States Government to return that part of the Mission holdings comprising the church, clergy residence, cemetery, orchard, and vineyard to the Catholic Church. The request was granted in the form of a Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on May 23, 1862.

This mission is still a very active catholic church. I was so impressed with how they have kept the interior as it was over two hundred years. The paintings on the walls are all original and so old. Masses are still held here, so be sure not to interrupt a mass during your visit. It has a gift shop and mini museum and a beautiful patio area too.

MISSION SAN BUENAVENTURA Historical Marker NO. 310

Hours:
Mon - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Major Holidays

Admission:
Donation for the Museum and a self-guided tour is $1.00 for adults and 50 cents for children.

Address: 211 East Main Street

Directions: From the 101 take the California Street off-ramp. At the top of the ramp go straight to Main Street. Turn left. The mission is on the right hand side. Entrance is through the gift shop right next to it.

Phone: (805) 643-4318

Website: http://www.sanbuenaventuramission.org/history_main.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2007
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Promenade - Ventura
Promenade

This walk way extends from the pier all the way to surfer's point beach. It has some wonderful areas to sit and watch the ocean and they are some restaurants and shops along the way to enjoy. You'll find many locals strolling with their children and pets. While others bike, skate, walk or jog. There is access from here to the beach and down by the pier is a playground for children. Really neat place.

Address: Harbor Blvd.

Directions: Take the 101 to Seaward Avenue. Turn towards the ocean. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd. There are two entrances to the State Park. Take the second one about a about a half mile up on the left .

Website: http://www.ventura.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 4, 2004
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Ortega Adobe Historic Residence - Ventura
Ortega Adobe Historic Residence

Built as a mostest home of Emigdio Ortega and his family in 1857 for over forty years. These modest homes once lined the streets, but this one endured time. The Ortega family is famed for being the one of pioneer families and for discovering the San Francisco Bay. Also receiving one of the first Spanish land grants. Although, not a rich man by far this simple Vaquero built a simple 20 x 40 foot adobe home. Enduring a flood which did destroy one room, he added two others. Ortegas raised eight of thirteen children until he died in 1896. His son Emilio used the home to start a business "Pioneer Ortega Chili". Not soon it was sold to various owners which was used as a home, restaurant, police headquarters, the Ventura boys club and even a speakeasy. In 1921 the City of Ventura bought the property and it remains as a reminder of our past.

Open 9am - 4pm.

You can view the inside from the doorway of the building. They don't allow you to go inside except for the small entrances that are barred off to protect the property. They are two door ways on the right side and one in the very back.


Open Daily
Admission is free

Address: 215 W. Main Street

Directions: Take the 101 to the Ventura exit. Turn left on Thompson and turn left on Main Street. The adobe will be on your right

Website: http://www.ventura.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 4, 2004
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A.J. Comstock Fire Museum - Ventura
A.J. Comstock Fire Museum

This is pretty neat how they did this. It is just a little room behind glass so you have to view the exhibit that way, but this way it is open all the time. They do have some wonderful historical firefighting artifacts and some wonderful photo's too. It is right by the huge beautiful fountain across from a wonderful mural that was being painted when we were visiting.

Address: Figueroa Street Plaza, Ventura, Ca

Directions: From the 101 take the California Street off-ramp. At the top of the ramp go straight to Main Street. Turn left. The museum is four blocks and on the left.

Website: http://www.ventura.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 4, 2004
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Albinger Archaelogogical Museum - Ventura
Albinger Archaelogogical Museum Albinger Archaelogical Museum Review

Back in 1973-75, and extensive archaeological excavations began uncovering the foundation to the "lost mission church" and all the other structures that surrounded her. They also uncovered a wealth of artifacts from the many various cultures dating back to 3,500 years ago. In the building they display and explain what was found. Outside in the huge yard is where the very foundation of the first mission of Ventura began. What is interesting is it is right night door to the other mission.

Hours:
Weekdays 10am – 2pm
Weekends 10am – 4pm

Extended Summer Hours: Wed – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Admission:
Freec*

Address: 113 E Main Street, Ventura, Ca

Directions: From the 101 take the California Street off-ramp. At the top of the ramp go straight to Main Street. Turn left. The museum is four blocks and on the left.

Phone: 805-648-5823 or 658-4726

Website: http://www.ventura.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 4, 2004
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The Ventura County Museum - Ventura
The Ventura County Museum Ventura County Museum Review

What a wonderful museum. They have done a wonderful job in how they display all their exhibit. Very professional I must say. I appreciate how they educate the public in how the various cultures created and molded Ventura. They have many traveling exhibits on display throughout the year. So please check their web site.

Parking:
There is a free parking lot on the West side of the Museum, which is accessible from both Main and Santa Clara Streets. There is also parking along the street on both Main and Santa Clara Streets.

Museum Hours:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Also closed for New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission:

Members Free
General (18-61) $4.00
Senior and AAA $3.00
Children (6-17) $1.00

Address: 100 E. Main Street, Ventura, Ca 93001

Directions: From the 101 Freeway North, take the California Street exit (watch the overhead signs so you're in the middle lane, going right) and proceed two block North to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and go four blocks. The museum will be on left.

Phone: 805-653-0323

Website: http://www.vcmha.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 3, 2004
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San Buenaventura State Park - Ventura
San Buenaventura State Park San Buenaventura State Park Review

I love to bring my boys here. We always have a wonderful time. This beach allows swimming, surfing and picnicking. The beach has two miles of sandy beach, sand dunes, picnic sites, a parking lot, a snack bar and a beach-equipment rental shop, restrooms, showers, and a wonderful biking, jogging, or skating path. Oh lots of wonderful shade trees too!

Directions: Take the 101 to Seaward Avenue. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Harbor Blvd. There are two entrances to the beach - there will be one directly on your left and one about a half mile up on the left.

Phone: 805-654-4610

Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=600

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 30, 2004
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