Olivas Adobe


Olivas Adobe Rental Information


The Olivas Adobe is available for weddings, family reunions and other special events.  Click links below for::

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Reyes at 805.658.4728 or greyes@cityofventura.net

Viisit the Olivas Adobe

Olivas Adobe Historical Park
4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, CA

Ventura County's only remaining Monterey-style adobe home from the Rancho era - California Historical Landmark No. 115 that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 - celebrates Ventura’s Rancho and Latino heritage through weekend tours, seasonal school educational outreach programs and year round special events.

Visitors may experience the expansive adobe home and courtyard built between 1847-49 by wealthy Don Raymundo Olivas on his 4,700-acre Rancho San Miguel with grounds open daily (free) and house open for tours Saturdays & Sundays, 11 am-4 pm or by arrangement. Purchase tickets in the gift shop: $5/adult, $3/child/ senior.


Virtual tour of grounds & house weekend tours - herb & rose gardens - period furnishings - costumed docents
Volunteer docent program & giftshop books & gifts  - school outreach (4th grade Calif. history) - exhibits -  scrapbook
Calendar of special events quilt/owl celebrations-murals & roses-music under stars-living history day-candlelight tours
History & preservation  how you can help - recent restoration efforts - Olivas birds - last resident Beatrice Benzien

Owl Festival • Sunday, April 23, 2017 • 11 am - 3 pm

VISITORS are invited to the fifth annual Owl Festival, a free family event, on Sunday, April 23, from 11 am to 3 pm at the historic Olivas Adobe, located at 4200 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura.

LIVE RAPTORS: In honor of the resident owls, The Ojai Raptor Society will bring live owls and hawks for visitors to see and learn about, with a program starting at 1pm. Docents will display an exhibit of owl pellets and related items from the adobe’s own birds.

ART & GIFTS: The Channel Islands Gourd Society will display members’ gorgeous artistic creations and offer demonstrations of how they are created; some items will be for sale. And visit the courtyard display from the gift shop of owl related gifts and souvenirs for sale.

CRAFTS FOR KIDS: Olivas Adobe Junior Docents will assist children and adults in the creation of pinecone owls at the craft table for visitors to take home.

MUSIC: Throughout the day Leif Engeswick plays his "Book Organ," a magnificent vintage instrument.

TOURS: Olivas Adobe Historic Interpreters, who present the Owl Festival, will offer costumed docent-led tours during the event, as they do every weekend, between 11 am and 3 pm. Trained docents take you back in time to bygone days of life at the adobe.

Murals and Roses Annual Event

May 14, 2017
11am-3pm  FREE

Visitors are invited to view the murals, by Marguerite Hardeman, displayed within the adobe courtyard as well as the Rose Garden in full bloom during the free “Murals and Roses” annual event.

Murals and Roses Brochure

Murals and Roses Flyer



Olivas Adobe Music Under the Stars - series from July to early September

Gates open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:30pm.  Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive
Tickets are only $20, and can be purchased at the concert -- arrive early to get your tickets.
Dine, dance & delight to great performances at Ventura’s most historic party site!  Bring your own homemade feast or purchase your meal onsite from gourmet food and cofee trucks for twilight dining with friends within the warm embrace of adobe-baked courtyard walls.              For details visit www.cityofventura.net/mus

Olivas Adobe Candlelight Tours • check back in November 2017 for our December date


Help Us Restore Priceless Art

The Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters are having the 25 Marguerite Hardeman Historical Murals restored to their full splendor. The Interpreters need matched funding of $7,000 to complete this project. These murals take you on a visual journey of Ventura from 1542 to 1964. Please help us preserve history with a tax-deductible donation.

Info Card and Donation Form (pdf)

For more information contact Georgeanne Lees at 805/658-4720 or glees@cityofventura.net