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Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art

130 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023-3212
+1 805-640-1390
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Local Artists on display, Scorched Souls exhibit

I went during the Scorched Souls exhibit that was specific to the Thomas Fire. The exhibit touched... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
Lee-Ann C
Historical Exhibits with Special Art Exhibits

This is a small and do-able museum with easy to read and well-written pieces of the Ojai story... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2018
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The Ojai Valley Museum highlights the history, art and culture of the valley through museum exhibitions, programs and events. Housed in a National Register Building (originally the St. Thomas Acquinas Church) the museum includes semi-permanent history exhibits, a Sespe Wilderness diorama, highlights from the permanent art collection, and a Chumash Interpretive Garden. Four major original exhibitions are mounted each year, alternating between history and art subjects. A museum gift shop featuring books, gift items as well as locally produced cards and postcards. A tourist information office is included on the SE corner of the building. It is staffed 7 days a week with brochures, maps and magazines to help you make the most of your trip to Ojai. Regular events include 10:30am Saturday historic walking tours of downtown(no tours in August, September or on Ojai Day) for only $7 which includes museum admission and Town Talks on a wide variety of subjects (typically 3rd Sundays at 4:30-6pm) for $5. Check website for most up to date schedule of Town Talks.
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130 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023-3212
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

I went during the Scorched Souls exhibit that was specific to the Thomas Fire. The exhibit touched my soul. It was beautiful and heart-wrenching at the same time.

Thank Lee-Ann C
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

This is a small and do-able museum with easy to read and well-written pieces of the Ojai story accompanied by interesting photos and graphics. The museum exhibits different local artists through the year. Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the local lore...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

The Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art is a superb small museum. Hours are 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. There are beautiful sculptures on the front grounds, benches for a quiet conversation, and there is parking in the back. Quality exhibits change regularly, and the...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Many communities have local museums to tell their story and Ojai's is truly a gem. Set in a delightful classical Spanish-style church building right in downtown Ojai, the permanent display is a perfect introduction for visitors to the Ojai Valley with both natural history and...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

A nice museum perfectly housed in a former California Spanish colonial style structure, with lots of information about Ojai, the area, Spanish history, Chumash Indians and Nature aspects. Time we’ll spe and very informative! Enjoy.

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

A historical section as you walk in, fun and interesting--but if you just want to see the latest art exhibition, it's a beautifully curated open space. The opening receptions are great fun and often open to the courtyard in back. A big plus for a...More

Thank Cindy B
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

The museum gave an informative history of the town with some art work, photos, and a large diorama. There was an exhibit by a local artist as well. It was free and we spent about an hour there. We missed the walking tour and the...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Beautiful structure. Good exhibits. The walking tour of Ojai is very informative. Ojai is a gem of a place.

Thank Rajesh R
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is a great spot where you can learn a lot in a little time about this fantastic town. The exhibits combine history, art, and nature. They are attractively laid out and you can be in and out in half an hour or an hour...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Much of the museum was unavailable during our visit due to the installation of what appears to be an interesting exhibit, but the part we could see was lovely and well installed and the docent behind the desk was knowledgeable - a long time resident...More

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Ojai has a farmer's market on Sundays from 9-1. You could pick up a bag of local pixie tangerines there and mingle with locals. A best-bet inexpensive lunch (11-4) is Ojai Tortilla House on Signal, just across from Libby... More
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