Mission: To provide a museum and visitor center to preserve, protect and educate the public about what was once an old california rancho, it's 15 historic structures and legacy of california's early spanish & native american history. The ranch was what author helen hunt used as the setting for her famous book ramona.
Programs: Rancho camulos museum is a 40 acre national historical landmark situated within an 1800 acre working ranch. It is the best remaining example of a spanish-mexican rancho in its original rural environment and is noted for its literary significance as the setting for helen hunt's novel "ramona". The present rancho camulos museum & camulos ranch were carved out of the 48612 acre "rancho san francisco" in 1839 by antonio del valle, administrator of the mission san fernando. Camulos was located at the western boundry of the rancho and originally a tataviam indian village known as kamulus, hence the name camulos. The rancho camulos museum is dedicated to researching, collecting, preserving and interpreting the diverse cultural heritage and agricultural history of southern california from 1853 to 1943. The site is a prime example of early california architecture & agriculture from that period. Rancho camulos operates a museum, a visitor information center, roadside rest area & picnic area. The museum is in process or has already restored many of its 15 buildings & surrounding landscape. Many of the buildings were severly damaged by the 1994 northridge california earthquake, and others were damaged by years of neglect. Through the restoration process, rancho camulos museum seeks to connect the past with the present by offering programs that will educate and enrich all audiences.