Semi-permanent exhibits highlight the evolution of the valley. Learn about the Chumash culture, rancho period, artists, local businesses and more. 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.
Trial by Fire: Ablaze 1917-2017
This exhibition puts the 2017 Thomas Fire in historical context and show how the large wildfire, and others over the past century, impacted the Ojai Valley. This exhibition ends January 27.
Now on view in the Wilson Gallery is artwork by Karen K. Lewis. "Faces, Places and Things" is a joint presentation. In the museum you'll find 3 artworks, with many more by Lewis on view at the City Gallery in City Hall. The large oil painting seen here is "Patio Chairs."
Of the Earth: Ceramics in the Ojai Valley opens Friday night, February 15 at 5:30pm. Many ceramic artists live in Ojai and the land beneath their feet is rich in clay. This exhibition will showcase the diversity of work being produced in the valley. Many different forms, textures, colors and creative applications will make this an unique exhibition. It is co-curated by Richard Flores and Kevin Wallace.
Check out our Sespe Wilderness Diorama. It's a favorite with families. How many birds and animals can you find?
Make sure to check out the Chumash Interpretive Garden behind the museum. You'll find many plants important to the local Chumash community. As with any garden, it's constantly changing.
Our rotating gallery changes quarterly. Here's a glimpse at some of our past exhibitions.