SANTA PAULA – The California Oil Museum opened its newest exhibit, “Did You Know??? 500 Wacky Facts to Boggle Your Mind,” on Saturday with nearly 100 visitors coming through the doors to brush up on their trivia.
On display through October 14, the exhibit is a colorful array of factual information and pictures about animals, outer-space, the human body, science, nature, history, food and nearly every topic imaginable.
“A museum experience plays a pivotal role in how we take in the world around us,” said California Oil Museum Executive Director Holly Cole.
“This fun colorful exhibit is educational for kids and adults and is guaranteed to make one exclaim ‘huh, I didn’t know that’ at least a few times,” she said. “As an example, did you know ketchup was originally sold as medicine in the 1830s? Or, did you know a hummingbird’s heart beats more than 1,000 beats per minute?”
Housed in the original 1890s Union Oil Company headquarters in Santa Paula, the California Oil Museum was founded in 1950 as the first museum of the oil industry in California. The museum highlights the inner workings of the state’s “black gold” industry through interactive displays, videos, working models, photographs, restored gas station memorabilia, and an authentic early 20th-century cable-tool drilling rig.
It also has exhibits of history, science and other topics of interest changing several times throughout the year.
The California Oil Museum is located at 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula 93060. The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free; a suggested donation of $4 is appreciated and helps to bring exhibits and education programs to the community.
For more information, visit caoilmuseum.org or call 805-933-0076.