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.
Opening July 7, 2018:
StARCHITECTIRE: Ojai By Design
The exhibition will highlight Ojai valley 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 will be on view July 7 through October 28. Rodney Walker home shown.
Scorched Souls: Ojai Studio Artists features artwork by more than sixty members of the Ojai Studio Artists. Their work is in response to the devastating Thomas Fire that roared through the Ojai Valley in December 2017. Included are powerful statements by the artists describing their work, or reactions to the fire and its aftermath. The artists work in a variety of mediums.
Fields...Gatherings...Wanderings by Joanne Pavlak is the latest mini exhibit in our Wilson Gallery. It is a collaboration with the City of Ojai Art Commission. Visit the city gallery in City Hall to see the rest of the exhibit.
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.