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“Excellent small town history museum!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art

Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art
130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023
+1 805-640-1390
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Ranked #9 of 9 Attractions in Ojai
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Ojai Valley Museum is the only museum in Ojai, California and has served its community for 46 years. The mission of the museum is to bridge the past with future of Ojai with a permanent exhibition on Ojai History in the new "John and Ginger Wilson Memorial Gallery". The Rotating Gallery features 4 original exhibitions a year which run 10 weeks each. The Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art is housed in a 1918 National Historic Landmark church. Its 5000 foot facility has a Permanent Gallery exhibiting Ojai's history; a walk-in diorama of the Sespe Wilderness; a Museum Store with products related directly to the mission of the museum which is "Ojai". The Rotating Gallery mounts 4 original exhibits a year describing Ojai's art, history, and culture. The temporary exhibitions change every 6 to 10 weeks. The museum has gone through a $150,000 renovation on the original chapel space dedicated in 1918. The museum closed its doors between January and April 19th 2014 to undergo the renaissance. The completely renovated Sanctuary Gallery housing the semi-permanent exhibits on Ojai History re-opened to the public in late April, 2014. Come see our new galleries and exhibits devoted to the history, art and culture of Ojai.
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“Excellent small town history museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is a wonderful history museum and beautifully put together, especially for such a small town! So. California has a rich Native American history and also an interesting history of those that came out West to settle the area. Don't miss this if you're interested in knowing more about the area you have come to visit!

Visited October 2011
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“Museum to the Arts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Ojai has long been an “Arts Community” and this is celebrated at the Ojai Valley Museum. The museum is not large but modestly priced. There are three main areas, the front yard which is a sculpture garden, the main space which is a former Catholic church with historic exhibits, and a side space with art by local artists. Three world famous potters made their home and ceramics in Ojai and Mr. Libby, of Libby Glass, made his winter home in Ojai. Exhibits about these four artists are in the historic section along with other exhibits on Ojai history. The former alter space is a diorama of local wildlife and turn around an view the original stain glass over the door. The museum is on the main street through town, a block from the center of town, and easy to find. Ojai is about 20 minutes from Ventura.

Visited July 2012
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