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“Constantly watched”

Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art
Ranked #7 of 43 things to do in Ojai
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Owner description: 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.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Constantly watched”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

This is a tiny museum. There is breif information with some photos on former ranch owners and residents. A small display on Chumas Indians. Some expensive modern pottery and a natural habitat display in the back. The two staff at the front desk stared at me the entire time and would not engage in conversation when I attempted. I felt like I was imposing on them for viewing their museum.

Visited September 2012
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Palm Desert, California
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“Great things come in small packages...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

The Ojai Art Museum, located in the heart of Downtown Ojai inside of an old Church, is not your typical large cold and sterile Museum.
Upon entering, you will come to a small gift shop and front register where you will be greeted by several friendly employees who are eager to tell you about the layout and exhibits. The small fee is more like a donation to keep the place running. I took a browse first in the quaint gift shop which had a small selection of local Artist's goods and knick knacks. I bought a jar of homemade jam, and a few Native arrowheads. Next I viewed the right side section of the Museum dedicated to the Indian Tribe of Ojai and a thorough display of family founding history of Ojai. In the back is a permanent display of extremely well preserved real animals of Ojai. A favorite display for children.
On the left side, at one time the Alter Room is a revolving Exhibit. On this day it was called 'The Lost People of Ojai'. I was intrigued and interested in knowing some of the history of the people who made Ojai their home and who contributed to society in large ways but are often not acknowledged as they should be.
All in all, plan to stay for an hour or so and you'll feel like you've learned a lot about this old and beautiful city.
A view from the back of the Museum shows you the magnificent stained glass window located outside the old Church. The light shines through so brilliantly with bright colors of the rainbow.
The small staff working there help to make your stay comfortable, as though you are entering their home. All of them are locals who take great pride in their chosen city. I especially enjoyed hearing the story about the original owner who opened the Museum years ago. This old church is the second location.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Excellent small town history museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Los Angeles, California
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“Museum to the Arts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 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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