A Visit to the Lompoc Museum

A Visit to the Lompoc Museum

Old Town Lompoc

Old Town Lompoc

Every now and again I like to pretend as if I am one of those people that has time on their hands.  I love visiting libraries and museums because it reminds me of my youth.  Both my parents were in education, so spending time in libraries feels so natural – the old books, the hushed voices, the attendants that can answer almost any dreamed of question.  As a busy professional, I rarely get time to do so.  But on Wednesday this week (after showing a few houses and snapping a few pictures for my blog), I decided to stop by the Lompoc Museum.  It is located at 200 S. H Street in Old Town Lompoc and housed in a building constructed with funds from the Andrew Carnegie endowment.  The building itself is a thing of beauty, (for people that love houses – like me!) built in the Classic Revival style, it has a both a stately appearance and elegant charm. 

Lompoc Museum

Lompoc Museum

On the first floor, it houses a collection of Native American art donated by Clarence Ruth; the pieces are all from Lompoc’s local area, and are one of the best collections of its kind.  There is also an interesting display highlighting the contribution of Juanita Centeno, lifetime Lompoc resident, Chumash Indian, and archaeological enthusiast.  Her elaborate ceremonial dress is exhibited there along with a picture of her wearing it.  Downstairs has a tribute to Old Town Lompoc and is built in the style of old wooden storefronts.  Rows and rows of pictures of early Lompoc residents are exhibited.  There is also an elaborate display (complete with audio guide) of the naval tragedy at Point Honda.   The Lompoc Museum is definitely worth a visit. 

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