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“Fun local 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 #18 of 31 things to do in Ojai
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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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“Fun local museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

Great little museum to learn the history of the area. Takes about 1 hr. To see
We were there on a day with free admission. Had a special exhibit highlighting some of the local farms and their families b

Visited October 2013
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Miami, FL
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“Standard community museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Lovely building and location is excellent, but if it were not for the temporary exhibit about the pioneering families of Ojai Valley, there wouldn't be much to it. I suggest that they retain a portion of the temporary exhibit and incorporate it into the permanent collection. Worth 1 hour of your time.

Visited October 2013
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Manhattan Beach, California
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“What a fantastic historic museum in the lovely town of Ojai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Wow! What a fun little afternoon side trip I had today! I spent the weekend in Camarillo and decided to venture over to Ojai for the afternoon. So glad I did!
Though I went from 72 to 97 degrees in the short drive over, it was such a treat to spend a few hours in the adorable laid back little mountain town of Ojai. Stopped in to the museum (old Church) and had such a lovely little chat with the docent. Nice nice woman! The museum has loads of easily digestible history on Ojai, some neat artifacts, a small but nicely done diorama and an additional wing with personal art collections (my favorite was Disney OF COURSE!). Even picked up a book from their gift shop to take home to my mom. Spent the rest of my day strolling down the Main Street, bought a "sweet" from one of the little shops and relaxed in Libby Park. Love this little town! Need to come back and check out one of the MANY Day Spas as well as some horse back riding! Until we meet again, Ojai!

Visited September 2013
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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“pay the few dollars and educate yoursef in 30 mins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

stuffed animals, easy to digest local history, learn about native indians (who would know driving around California they ever existed except in Hollywood?), kids liked the models, in and out in 30 mins if you want - longer if you get chatting to the friendly staff. I'd actually go back if I was in the area because it't exactly what ou want a museam to be - meaningful, enjoyable (an archery collection?) and informative without over stating it.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice small museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Super small museum which was just perfect for kids. We have been to a lot of huge museums that take hours to go through so my kids were pretty relieved when they realized that this museum only had two big rooms in it. They had a small collection of taxidermy animals, a bit on the Chumash, and then other peoples private collections of various things which I am sure changes regularly. For the price it was a good deal.

Visited August 2013
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