Semi-permanent exhibits highlight the evolution of the valley. Learn about the Chumash culture, artists, local businesses and more. We also have a large sculpture in our front courtyard plus a 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 100+ year old building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
22 Miles: Ojai Valley Landscapes was co-curated by two well known landscape artists, Jennifer Moses ("Lake Casitas" shown) and Gail Pidduck. The title refers to the distance between their studios on opposite sides of the valley. The exhibition includes work by the curators and nineteen other artists. Artists painted both miniature and large scale images of the valley. See the exhibit here.
The artists include
Meredith Brooks Abbott
We appreciate our exhibition sponsors:
Allen and Marilyn Camp, Louise Sandhaus and Michael Shapiro, Anne and Tony Thacher, Suzanne and Phil White.
Check out our Sespe Wilderness Diorama. It's a favorite with families. How many birds and animals can you find?
Make sure to visit 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.