Permanent exhibits highlight the evolution of the valley. Learn about the Chumash culture, rancho period, artists, local businesses and more. Step inside our Sespe Wilderness Diorama to get a feel for the backcountry. We also have a sculpture garden in our front courtyard plus a large mosaic and Chumash garden behind the museum. We're the perfect place to start, or expand, your knowledge of the valley.
The museum is housed in the former St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. The beautiful building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Birth of Ojai opens in late December. Nordhoff became Ojai, and many of the city's iconic buildings were built in 1917. Learn more about Edward Libbey, the City Beautiful movement and how it transformed Ojai in this centennial celebration exhibit. It will be on view from late December through April 9, 2017.
One piece from the City of Ojai's Municipal Art Collection, along with several piecese on loan from artist Christine Brennan, is currently on view.
Pottery by Beatrice Wood is also on exhibit.
The Ojai Studio Artists will be back for their annual exhibition from April 22, 2017 through June 18.
Our Sespe Wilderness diorama is a permanent part of our museum. It is a favorite with families. There are 13 birds and animals in the diorama. Can you find them all?
Make sure to step into our back patio and parking lot to explore the Chumash Interpretive Garden. You'll learn how local native plants were used, and what they look like during the time of year you visit.
Our rotating gallery changes 4 times a year. Here's a glimpse at some of our past exhibitions.