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“Small Museum with big influence”

Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art
Ranked #7 of 45 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.
Ojai
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12 reviews
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“Small Museum with big influence”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The Ojai Valley Museum has great influence in Ojai. It's exhibits are interesting and usually have to do with Ojai Valley. It was showing an exhibit of the ranching families when I went. I really enjoyed it. It also has some great artifacts from the area and is a nice way to start your visit in Ojai.

Visited November 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Cute Local Museum”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

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. Great temporary exhibit of the local farms.

Visited October 2013
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“Fun local museum”
Reviewed 4 November 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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108 reviews
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“Standard community museum”
Reviewed 24 October 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”
Reviewed 15 September 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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