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.
Opening May 17, 5:30pm, new exhibition:
Founding Familias: The Ojai Valley During the Rancho Era.
Gayel Childress is currently exhibiting work both at the museum and at the City Hall Gallery as part of a joint presentation. In addition to completed artworks, you'll find her painting in our gallery several afternoons a week. On view through the end of May.
Shown: Shangri-la from Hwy 150
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 a few of our past exhibitions.