The Albinger Museum, located next to Mission San Buenaventura, was once the home to five different cultures spanning 3,500 years of history. Learn about the Chumash Indians, Chinese immigrants and others who resided on the site by viewing displays, and archaeological digs uncovered in 1974. During the summer, until Sept. 3 the Museum is open from 11am-4pm.
Named after Ventura Mayor (1969-1973) Albert R Albinger, the museum is built on the home site of saloon keeper, and early mayor, Angel Escondon.
Displays of stone bowls, shell beads, arrowheads, bone whistles, crucifixes, bottles, buttons and pottery inside the exhibit building are complimented outside by excavations of the foundations of the lost mission church, Native American barracks, a Tomol (plank canoe reproduction), a well and the oldest standing structure in Ventura County – the mission water filtration building.
For more information visit www.cityofventura.ca.gov/albinger.