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Museum of Ventura County

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Museum of Ventura County
100 East Main Street
Ventura, 93001
Venue Type: Museum
QUICK FACTS
Open hours
Tues - Sun 11-5; Closed most Mondays
Phone
805-653-0323
Fax
805-653-5900
Gallery type
Contemporary
Cost
$4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17 Members and children under 6 free
DESCRIPTION
Visit us today to find out about local Ventura County history and see artwork from members of our local community!

The Museum of Ventura County (formerly Ventura Museum of History & Art) first opened in 1913 in the newly built Ventura County Courthouse (now Ventura City Hall). At that time, it was known as the Pioneer Museum, its collections of artifacts and curios were the legacy of Dr. Cephas Bard, a Pennsylvania doctor who came to Ventura after the Civil War. A compassionate man with wide-ranging interests, Dr. Bard accepted historical objects in lieu of cash payment for his services. Priceless Chumash, Spanish and Mexican-American objects from his collection are on display in the galleries today. In 1977, the Museum moved to its 15,000 square foot building on Ventura’s Main Street, near historic Mission San Buenaventura.