Our rotating gallery changes 4 times a year. Here's a glimpse at some of our past exhibitions.
Sun 12n-4pm, Tues-Sat 10a-4pm
Suggested donation: $5 adults, $1 children 6-18
Free current members, under 6
Address: 130 W. Ojai Ave
Mail: PO Box 204, Ojai 93024
Parking lot on Blanche
Contact us to schedule a school or group tour.
Our Visitor Center is housed in the SW corner of the museum building
Sun 12n-4pm, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Free info on where to go and what to do to in the Ojai Valley
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 title of the exhibition comes from a 1917 quote by Edward Drummond Libbey. The philanthropist is responsible for the transformation of downtown Ojai that that took place in Ojai. At the first Ojai Day, April 7, 1917, when giving the deed to the post office tower and Libbey Park to the Ojai Civic Association, Libbey said, "Art is but visualized idealism, and is expressed in all surroundings and conditions of society."
Also on view in our Wilson GallerY is artwork by an Ojai family of artists. The City of Ojai recently acquired two oil paintings by Richard Amend and two ceramic pieces by his son, Wyatt Amend. These four artworks, along with three glass pieces by Susan Stinsmuehlen- Amend, are all part of the City of Ojai's Municipal Art Collection.
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.