7 Kid-Friendly Museums and Libraries in Ventura County Coast

It’s the beginning of 2018 and January is the perfect season to bundle up and explore indoors! Here are seven kid-friendly museums and libraries to take the family while staying warm in Ventura County Coast!

1. Carnegie Art Museum

The Carnegie Art Museum is a non-profit museum in the City of Oxnard that was built in 1906 as one of the free public libraries funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. The museum is dedicated to serving the community through education with a mission of being a quality-driven, fine arts museum and a major center for arts education resources for Ventura County. The museum provides educational programs including tours, classroom presentations, adult gallery talks, lectures, and art workshops for children through adults. For those who can visit this month, free family day is on January 27 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Materials are provided for families with children to explore, create, and let their imagination soar.

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2. Channel Islands Maritime Museum

First opened in 1991 in Oxnard, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum was inspired by a goal to educate people about maritime history and culture. The Maritime Museum showcases an art and model collection, contemporary exhibits, monthly speaker series, exhibit openings, high-quality education program and research library that allow guests to expand their knowledge of maritime history, culture, and conservation. The museum is free on the third Thursday of every month.

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3. E.P. Foster Public Library

E.P. Foster Public Library is part of the Ventura County Library System. Libraries are a great place for children to find adventure, to learn, and to discover many ideas and knowledge that the world has to offer. This location has many great activities for the family such as Monday Craft Madness, an all day event to get your craft on with supplied crafts, Ukulele Jam for all experience levels, and Early Literacy Class, a great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library.

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4. Mullin Automotive Museum

The Mullin Automotive Museum pays homage to the Art Deco and machine age eras, when magnificent art and automobiles were created and celebrated. Many automobiles in the collection have won prestigious awards and won historic races around the world. The museum is open to the public on scheduled Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advanced.

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5. Museum of Ventura County

Founded in 1913, The Museum of Ventura County celebrates the history, art, and culture of Ventura County and the Channel Islands through its collections, exhibits, educational programs, and publications. The collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and research library are designed to be a gathering place for the community to inspire curiosity and conversations about the past and the stories of who we are and what makes us unique.

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6. Oxnard Public Library

Oxnard Public Library offers an array of titles in book, audiovisual, large print format, programs, activities, and story times.

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7. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force

The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is an all-volunteer organization, with members from all walks of life, dedicated to preserving the history of WWII aircraft for generations to come. The CAF Ghost Squadron is more than just a collection, but to recreate, remind, and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history.

With so much to see and do, you are going to want to stay a while. Click here for the complete list of hotels and other places to stay in Ventura County Coast!