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.
StARCHITECTURE: Ojai by Design
This exhibition highlights buildings by well known architects who worked in a variety of styles. Among the "star" architects featured are Greene and Greene, Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, Julia Morgan, Richard Neutra, Wallace Neff, Charles Moore, Rodney A Walker, Paul R Williams and more. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Marc and Julia Whitman along with the Ojai Arts Commission. The exhibit will be on view through October 28.
Now on view in the Wilson Gallery is artwork by Mentors who worked with students this summer. Included are an oil painting by Patricia Anders, pastels by Jannene Behl, glassworks by Steve Edwards and prints by Gail Hercher. Work by their students is being shown at the City Gallery in City Hall.
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 quarterly. Here's a glimpse at some of our past exhibitions.