Semi-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 sculptures 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.
During September we have a mini exhibit with artwork by local artists (L to R) Vera Long, Stephen Edwards and Amy Lynn Stevenson. They were mentors in an Art Commission program this summer. Additional work by the artists and their students is on view in the gallery at City Hall. On view through September 29.
You'll enjoy the 27 winning photographs from our recent "Celebrate the Ojai Valley Life" contest on view. With over 175 entries in 7 categories, the winning images are a wonderful glimpse of the Ojai Valley life. This exhibit is up through September 24th.
Coming October 14: an exhibition of work by Dennis Shives. A master wood carver who works in a variety of mediums, his work is often playful, always original, with a story behind every piece.
Protecting The Ojai: Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. You'll learn about the history of the organization that has been preserving our local environment for 30 years, and the work they continue to do today in this exhibit. This exhibit is on view through September 24th.
Our Sespe Wilderness diorama is a permanent part of our museum. It is a favorite with families. There are 12 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.