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.
This is aIn the Wilson Gallery we are showcasing the top three entries from "What Ojai Means to Me" organized by the Ojai Art Commission. It includes mixed-media sculpture by Sylvia Raz, painting by Susan K. Guy, and photography by David Baker.
The Art of Dennis Shives is on view in our Rotating Gallery. From paintings to wood carvings, bubble machines to sand castles, Shives works in a variety of mediums. There is always a story behind his often playful work. This wide ranging exhibition will no doubt have you smiling. This is a very family friendly exhibit. Detail from "The Smudging Bears" shown.
Here's a video of "Old Hoover," a parade float Dennis made in 1986. Video courtesy of Tony Cuccio.
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 4 times a year. Here's a glimpse at some of our past exhibitions.