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.
Three photographs by famed photographer Horace Bristol are currently on view. The images are from our permanent collection. Bristol was widely published in Life, Time, Fortune and other magazines from the late 1930s - 1950s. He later lived and worked in Ojai.
Art Town opens October 15th. It will feature the City of Ojai's art collection, explore local public art projects, and include artwork from our permanent collection. The exhibition will be on view from October 15 through November 27.
Join us for the free Opening Reception on Saturday, October 15, 7-9pm.
The Ojai Studio Artists will be back for their annual exhibition from April 22, 2017 through June 18.
Examine the fascinating world of private collections. This eclectic exhibition has something for everyone: Italian motorcycles, vintage bicycles and skateboards, historic beer steins, decorative eggs, movie costumes, insect sprayers, depression glass, Caucasian mountain rugs, view master slides, vacation paintings and Frank Sinatra memorabilia. View this exhibit between July 9-September 25.
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.
Here's a peek at some of the treasures highlighted in Ojai Collects.
Here's a glimpse at some of our past exhibitions.