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Carpinteria - Carpinteria Valley Museum of History

956 Maple Avenue

The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History provides a fascinating glimpse into the Valley’s past. A variety of unique exhibits examine the three major cultures that made this valley their home. The Carpinteria Valley Historical Society, a nonprofit educational organization, created, maintains, and operates the Museum and research library. The Society is dedicated to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit objects of historical significance related to the Valley.


Annalise Tingler

Saturday, April 7, 2018
We really enjoyed our visit to this little museum. There is a lot of history packed into a small building and the displays are interesting and well done. We had a tour from one of the volunteers which made our visit extra special getting lots of extra information. Worth popping in to see if you are in the area.

Ofelia Filerio

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
It's a great place, you'll find a little bit of everything on the last Saturday of every month and friendly people too 😊

Denise Longarini

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
Fun market, great little museum

Charles Carlin

Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015
As I have said in other reviews, I love little museums. This museum is small. It is filled with the care and devotion of a volunteer staff that is truly devoted to the history of the Carpinteria Area. The docent led tour is so filled with history and geographical data that it can get overwhelming. Even in a small museum as this. For a few tidbits, Carpinteria has / had some of the best asphalt mines in the country, and the Indians knew about it and used it in making their ships and in their trading with other tribes. Carpinteria was at one time the largest exporter of Lima beans. The care in maintaining the artifacts is truly admirable as the descriptions of living from a time passed is laid out in detail. If you are ever in Carpinteria this is a fun excursion, and it is free.

Zeke Barragan

Sunday, March 27, 2016
The museum is quaint but full of history. The docent was very nice and had a lot of "local" history knowledge that helped us in our quest! The hours are a bit odd, but if it is open and you have a chance, go visit.

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