Southern California has a rich Native American heritage that spans hundreds of years. Several venues celebrate the rich tradition of Native American culture, but one museum stands out as an everlasting tribute that we recommend to the guests who stay at Holiday Inn Burbank.
Overview of Chumash Indian Museum
As a critically acclaimed historic site, as well as a living history center that offers educational opportunities, Chumash Indian Museum dedicates its mission to preserving and restoring the significance of the Chumash culture. Museum curators devote much of their time and financial resources to enhancing the surrounding ecosystem and promoting the social and cultural impact the Chumash people made in the Southern California region. The museum acts as a location for native and non-native communities to connect the history of Southern California to the future of Native Americans creating cultural influences that resonate throughout the region.
Chumash Indian Museum History
During the 1980s, the development of the Lang Ranch Specific Plan uncovered several Chumash cultural sites that eventually were conserved as part of Oakbrook Park located in Ventura County, California. Chumash leader Paul Varela assumed the role as the first museum director in 1994, with his primary mission to promote Chumash culture and create educational programs for students who attend schools in Southern California. In 2002, management of the museum shifted from Ventura County to the Conejo Park and Recreation District.
Notable Speaker Series
Chumash Indian Museum presents a popular speaker series that features experts who discuss various aspects of Chumash history and culture. On September 28, Dr. Jan Timbrook talks about her comprehensive work researching the influence of ethnobotany on Chumash culture. She will explain the impact Chumash basket weaving has made on other cultures that live in the surrounding area. On October 26, Dr. Jonathan Cordero discusses the interaction of European explorers and California Native Americans at the time of initial contact.
Chumash Indian Center offers hikes led by docents that take place in the backcountry located adjacent to the museum. Small groups that include families take the docent-led nature hikes for a $10 per person fee. The museum limits the organized hikes to a maximum of 15 guests. We recommend the nature walk, which travels one-half of a mile leading to a replica of a Chumash village. The nature walk moves through thick vegetation that includes towering oak trees and astonishing rock formations. A Chumash native leads a tour that visits a Chumash birthing cave located at the top of a nearby mountain. The tour costs $100 per adult.
Tickets for entrance into Chumash Indian Museum run $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years of age. Seniors receive a two dollar adult discount on tickets. The museum does not charge a fee to walk any of the trails encircling the backcountry. Holiday Inn Burbank guests travel on US 101 west for about 20 miles until they reach North Westlake Boulevard. Head north on the boulevard for five miles where you find the entrance to Chumash Indian Museum.