Ojai Valley Museum
130 W. Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA  93023

(805) 640-1390
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Year Founded:
    1966
Description:
   The Ojai Valley Museum has an extensive collection of Art, Native American Baskets, Pioneer Tools, and photographs of early days in Ojai. The Ojai Valley Museum and Historical Society was founded in 1966 by dedicated volunteers.
    The Ojai Valley Museum Research Library houses archives including historical journals that chronicle the events of early to contemporary Ojai Valley activities.
Museum Category:
    Natural History


 
Business Hours:
    1-4 Tuesday-Friday; Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from Noon -4. Closed on Monday
Location Type:
    Museum
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   Amex,   Discover,   MasterCard,   Visa,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  
Admission Pricing:
    Current 2011 Members: Free Adults: $4.00 Children 6-18: $1.00 Children 5 & Under: Free
General Business Classification:
    Museums & Attractions
    Categories:
    Art Centers
    Art Museum
    Art Museum
    Arts & Cultural Associations
    Arts - General
    Museums - Misc.
    Museums/Attractions/Historic

Number of Employees:
    1 - 5
Admittance:
    During normal business hours.
Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor/Outdoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes  
Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes
Smoking?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Some restrictions
Pets Allowed?
    Some restrictions
Guided Tours?
    Yes

www.ojaivalleymuseum.org
 Recent Buzzes!!
11/16/14 - “The Ojai Theater: 100 Years of Movies, 1914 - 2014” -- 11/15
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It’s celebration time at the Ojai Valley Museum from Oct. 21 through Dec. 28 with an original history exhibition, “The Ojai Theater: 100 Years of Movies 1914 – 2014.” The Rotating Gallery features the story of Ojai’s only movie house that has existed over the span of a century.
The exhibit has been researched and written by Elise DePuydt, Ojai historian, author of an Ojai guidebook and Office Manager for the Ojai Film Society. As an invited community curator, DePuydt’s wall texts and photo documentation trace the ownership, management and history of the Ojai Theater between 1914 and 2014. The show includes descriptions of the owners, managers, films shown, movie stars, animal stars and films made in Ojai. In addition, celebrity gowns, movie memorabilia, antique camera and projection equipment and facsimiles of vintage movie posters bring pizzazz into the gallery. A mini movie theater will screen films throughout the duration of this show.
DePuydt introduces the exhibit this way: “For 100 years Ojai residents, young and old, have sat in the darkened interior of the building on the southwest corner of Ojai Avenue and Signal Street, watching the past, present and future come to life on the silver screen. They have been entertained, educated, inspired, uplifted and brought to laughter or tears. No one could have predicted when Nordhoff businessman J.J. Burke built his movie theater in 1914 that 100 years later people would still be sitting inside viewing films.” The purpose of this centennial exhibit is to describe the Ojai Theater’s historical importance as a cultural hub in this community. On the walls of the main Rotating Gallery space, DePuydt structures the history of the theater by highlighting the personalities who owned or leased the facility, and how they used its resources to entertain their audiences. In essence, she uses their stories to trace the theater’s 100-year history in a chronological fashion beginning with J.J. Burke in 1914 and ending with current owner, Khaled Al-Awar in 2014. In addition to the theater management timeline, DePuydt emphasizes adjunct areas of interest for visitors to the exhibit. One section is devoted to “Ojai Celebrities,” i.e. movie stars who spent time in Ojai, including Loretta Young and June Allyson. “Animal Stars” and “Films Made in Ojai” sections also serve to describe the rich heritage of Ojai’s relationship to Hollywood.
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6/24/14 - Save the Date! An original history exhibit, “Ethel Percy Andrus: How One Woman Changed America,” -- 6/28
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An original history exhibit, “Ethel Percy Andrus: How One Woman Changed America,” opens June 28th in the Ojai Valley Museum’s Rotating Gallery. This one-person show is the culmination of three year’s of research on Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus by local historian Craig Walker. From her office in Ojai at the Grey Gables Retirement Center in the 1950’s, Andrus founded both the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The exhibit tells the story of her life as a social innovator, an educator, and a cultural visionary.
Opening June 28th - Original History Exhibit Opening Reception Sunday, June 29th, 5-7 p.m. Hors d'Oeuvres * No Host Bar OVM Members Free Non-Members $5 at door No RSVP Required
Ethel Percy Andrus 1881-1967 Progressive Educator * Social Innovator Cultural Visionary * Founder of The Gables of Ojai Founder of NRTA * Founder of AARP
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5/14/14 - The Ojai Valley Museum will host Art Talks every Saturday morning from 11-12Noon starts 5/24 -- 5/24
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Throughout the Ojai Studio Artists' Rejuvenation show, the Ojai Valley Museum will host Art Talks every Saturday morning from 11 am - noon. This Saturday May 24, Ray Harding, Carlos Grasso and Marta Nelson will be the featured artists. In the afternoon, the artists will have free open studio tours from 2 - 5. For further information, call 640-1390.
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12/9/13 - “Ojai á la Car"an audio driving tour of the Ojai Valley on compact disc
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What was Ojai’s most notorious shoot-out? Where did the old Ventura and Ojai railroad engineers stop for rest and relaxation? What giant Washington lobby got its start on Grand Avenue and Montgomery Street? It’s true that few local residents, and even fewer visitors, could answer most of these questions. All that will soon change with the release of “Ojai á la Car,” an audio driving tour of the Ojai Valley on compact disc that takes tourists and locals to the nooks and crannies of our valley that folks almost never see. The disc was created and produced by Ojai resident Don Anderson to benefit the Ojai Valley Museum. It features professional narrations by actors Peter Bellwood and Laurie Walters. Anderson, a museum supporter, paid for all costs associated with producing the disc. “Ojai á la Car” will be available at the Ojai Valley Museum Store, as well as local retail venues in time for Christmas. The disc is competitively priced at $15, tax included. Proceeds from its sale will go to the museum. Call the Ojai Valley Museum at 640-1390, ext. 203, for additional information, purchase and distribution opportunities for “Ojai á la Car.” The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Ave. Admission: free for current 2013 members, adults - $5.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment. Free parking is available off Blanche Street at back of museum. For more information, call the museum at 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Museum.org or on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum   Email
10/2/13 - Opening Reception at the Ojai Valley Museum for Historic Ranching Families of the Ojai Valley Sat.
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Ojai Valley Museum presents “Historic Ranching Families of the Ojai Valley”. October 5 through December 29. The Ojai Valley Museum mounts one original history exhibit each year focusing on a topic significant to the Ojai community. This year’s exhibit is an historical perspective on ranching in the Ojai Valley. Six local ranch families who have worked their land for at least two generations are featured in the show, with family photographs, historical texts, and objects borrowed from their ranch houses and outbuildings. The Opening Reception is Saturday, October 5th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the galleries of the Ojai Valley Museum. All of the ranchers represented will be attending. Members are free and non-members are $5.00 at the door.
7/19/13 - Save Your Stuff From a Disaster Presentation -- 7/26
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In conjunction with the Ojai Valley Museum’s current exhibition, “Ojai Collects: Selections from Eight Ojai Private Collections,” the museum will host a PowerPoint lecture by world renowned, Santa Barbara based, painting conservator Scott Haskins. His soft cover book, “Save Your Stuff From a Disaster,” is a down to earth handbook about protecting and preserving a large array of treasures. If you have “things” you collect and “things” you cherish, you should be in the audience on July 26th to learn from an expert on the buying and preserving of “all things collectible.” Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. OVM members are free of charge; Non-members are $7 at the door.
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6/28/13 - The Ojai Valley Museum opens its third exhibition -- 6/29
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The Ojai Valley Museum opens its third exhibition for 2013 on Saturday, June 29, to celebrate the “individual passion for collecting.” “Ojai Collects” includes significant works from eight private collections housed in this community. Many of these pieces have never been shown in public prior to this exhibit. The exhibition runs June 29, through Sunday, September 15, 2013. The opening reception will be on Saturday, July 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Ave. Admission: free for current 2013 members, adults - $4.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tours are available by appointment. Free parking is available off Blanche Street at back of museum.
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1/17/13 - Quilt Raffle 2013 at the Ojai Valley Museum- "Baltimore Album Quilt" -- January 19
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QUILT RAFFLE 2013 "Baltimore Album Quilt" Hand Appliqued by Heidi DeCapua, Judy Hooper, Glenda King, Susan Leech, Sheryl McArthur, Ann Scanlin & Jane Weirick. Quilted by Dee Angus from a design from Linda Causee for Leisure Arts. 68" x 68" Estimated Value: $3,000
$10 per ticket or $25 for 3 tickets Winning ticket will be drawn March 31st. Winner need not be present to win.
The Quilt will be viewable at the Ojai Valley Museum form Jan. 19-Mar. 31
Venue: Ojai Valley Museum.  Website
10/4/12 - Save the Date! -- Ojai Studio Artists 2012 Studio Tour -- October 13
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The 2012 Studio Tour is a feast for art lovers: a journey involving 46 artists and 42 studios located throughout the sumptuous Ojai Valley. New features this year: a guided "Concierge Tour" option along with the traditional self-guided tour, plus surprise musical guests.
Twenty-nine years ago, three nationally recognized Ojai artists — Bert Collins, Marta Nelson, and Gayel Childress — were inspired to invite art lovers and collectors into the studios of several fine artists for a weekend celebration of art and creativity. That first year, twenty-four artists opened their studios. From this core group, the Ojai Studio Artists emerged. Since then, the second weekend in October has become a highly anticipated event with hundreds visiting the studios of the renowned Ojai Studio Artists, traveling at their own self-guided pace. For art lovers, it’s a unique opportunity to meet artists, develop relationships and expand collections. And all of this unfolds in the glorious setting of the Ojai Valley. This year, almost fifty OSA members are on the Tour, including six new members juried in after demonstrating the highest standards of professional excellence and achievement.
Historically, the Tour has been self-guided, with participants deciding which studios to visit and doing so at their own pace. This year, we are introducing a guided tour option as well, the: CONCIERGE GUIDED TOUR, including Up to 12 studio visits selected by art expert guide, Transportation by Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours, Catered picnic lunch. $75 per person (choose Saturday or Sunday) Concierge ticket-holders may take the second day’s self-guided Tour at no extra charge. The Concierge Tour is designed especially for people who prefer guided tours, arranged transportation and/or just want to try something new! It will be offered both Tour days, with different Studios scheduled each day. The Concierge Tour will depart from the Art Center at 10 am each day, and return there by 5 pm. This option is very limited, and must be purchased well in advance. Online: The preferred method. Order at www. ojaistudioartists. org. General Tour Tickets: $20; Concierge Tour, $75. On Tour Days: Tickets will be sold at three locations below: $25.
Studio of Patrish Kuebler - from 9:30 am to noon only 10908 Encino Drive (Exit Hwy 33 at Encino Ave) (B) Ojai Center for the Arts - Ticket sales & Maps all day, starting at 9:30 am 113 South Montgomery St. (Downtown Ojai) (C) Studio of Richard Franklin - from 9:30 am to noon only 11955 Sulphur Mountain Rd. (Off the 150 from Santa Paula and Hwy 126)
Venue: Ojai Center for the Arts.  Website
2/17/12 - See very unique pieces of Glass at the American Glass Works Exhibit
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The first exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum in 2012 highlights the museum’s Libbey Glass Collection juxtaposed with contemporary glass works by seven regional artists: Brian Berman, Teal Rowe, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend (Ojai); Doug Lochner (Oak View); Robert Eyberg, Helle Scharling-Todd, Michael Zelcer (Ventura). In addition, a private collection of antique American glass will be on view in an adjacent gallery.
“American Glass Works” is an original exhibition organized and curated by Museum Director Michele Pracy and supported by the Exhibitions Committee of the Ojai Valley Museum. It is the first time in 44 years the museum has mounted an exhibition of glass works. The show pays homage to Edward Drummond Libbey, turn-of-the-century industrial glass mogul and Ojai developer. It also heralds the excellence of studio glass currently created by selected Ventura County artists.
Fortuitously, the exhibition debuts on the 50th anniversary of the Studio Art Glass Movement in the United States, which was born in a garage on the grounds of the Toledo Art Museum in 1962. In celebration of this seminal, modern American art movement the museum will also debut its extensive collection of Libbey Glass donated to its Permanent Collection in 2010. The exhibited regional art glass will contrast with the industrially produced, utilitarian Libbey glass and will visually describe the myriad techniques of modern glass manipulation.
This show is both an education on the history, properties, uses, and techniques relative to glass made in this country over several centuries and a visual delight. The Rotating Gallery will be alive with color, transparency, surface texture, and pattern; presenting two and three-dimensional pieces all fabricated with glass. Cut, beveled, stamped, molded, cast, fused, blown, leaded, solid core, and painted glass techniques will be on display with accompanying descriptive texts.
Venue: Ojai Valley Museum.  Website
1/9/12 - American Glass Works Collection is the new Exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum
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The first exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum in 2012 highlights the museum’s Libbey Glass Collection juxtaposed with contemporary glass works by seven regional artists: Brian Berman, Teal Rowe, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend (Ojai); Doug Lochner (Oak View); Robert Eyberg, Helle Scharling-Todd, Michael Zelcer (Ventura). In addition, a private collection of antique American glass will be on view in an adjacent gallery.
“American Glass Works” is an original exhibition organized and curated by Museum Director Michele Pracy and supported by the Exhibitions Committee of the Ojai Valley Museum. It is the first time in 44 years the museum has mounted an exhibition of glass works. The show pays homage to Edward Drummond Libbey, turn-of-the-century industrial glass mogul and Ojai developer. It also heralds the excellence of studio glass currently created by selected Ventura County artists.
Fortuitously, the exhibition debuts on the 50th anniversary of the Studio Art Glass Movement in the United States, which was born in a garage on the grounds of the Toledo Art Museum in 1962. In celebration of this seminal, modern American art movement the museum will also debut its extensive collection of Libbey Glass donated to its Permanent Collection in 2010. The exhibited regional art glass will contrast with the industrially produced, utilitarian Libbey glass and will visually describe the myriad techniques of modern glass manipulation.
This show is both an education on the history, properties, uses, and techniques relative to glass made in this country over several centuries and a visual delight. The Rotating Gallery will be alive with color, transparency, surface texture, and pattern; presenting two and three-dimensional pieces all fabricated with glass. Cut, beveled, stamped, molded, cast, fused, blown, leaded, solid core, and painted glass techniques will be on display with accompanying descriptive texts.
Venue: Ojai Valley Museum.  Website
1/2/12 - AMERICAN GLASS WORKS GALA PREVIEW & RECEPTION
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Saturday, January 21, 2012, 5 to 7pm Hors d'oeuvres by Lorraine Lim No host wine bar Attendees will receive a gift donated by Libbey Glass Inc. $35 per person with pre-paid reservation Call 805-640-1390, Ext. 203 with AMX, VISA, MC or Discover  Email   Website
10/14/11 - OJAI CELEBRATES ART IV -- October 15
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A Multi-Media Regional Art Show ----- Venue: Ojai Valley Museum. Free admission to all on Ojai Day, Saturday, October 15. 10 am-5pm. Artist Award Ceremony 4 pm.  Email   Website
7/27/11 - Save the Date! A Concert to benefit the Ojai Valley Museum- Sept. 10th,
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Relive The Magic- A Concert to Benefit The Ojai Valley Museum! A musical tribute to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the new Libbey Bowl in Ojai! ----- Experience the music and magic of The Beatles and Rolling Stones with KRTH 101 legendary DJ Brian Beirne ----- Come to this family friendly event in the new Libbey Bowl for an evening of fun, memories and good old rock and roll.  Website
6/28/11 - Sharp & Savvy, 14 Historic Men of Ojai- A new exhibit opens Thursday!
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Several historic men were responsible for the founding and development of Ojai. Come and find out who they were and what they did.  Website
6/22/11 - The Historic Men of Ojai Exhibit Now Open!
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Several historic men were responsible for the founding and development of Ojai. Come and find out who they were and what they did.  Website
5/27/11 - We created a Video for You! Click the Website Link
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For the ninth consecutive year, the Ojai Studio Artists have collaborated for an exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum, aptly dubbed MADE IN OJAI IX. The event kicks out this Thursday, April 28 and lasts through until Sunday, June 12. The group exhibition will feature pieces from fifty artists around the theme of “Know Hope” across a variety of media and interpretations. The works of art embody the concept that hope is the perseverance of goodness and an enduring belief in a positive outcome. Visitors are meant to capture the essence of how the idea of hope fills our day to day lives as well as pop culture, all with an uplifting message for the future.   Email   Website
5/23/11 - ARTISTS RECEPTION SATURDAY, MAY 28, 5-7 pm
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The Ojai Valley Museum PRESENTS: OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS - MADE IN OJAI IX "Know Hope" Curated by Michele Ellis Pracy Scholarship Awards Ceremony 6 pm Free and Open to the Public Most of the artwork is available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to collect premier contemporary art from the established Ojai Studio Artists collective.   Website
5/12/11 - Ojai Studio Artists have collaborated for an exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum,
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For the ninth consecutive year, the Ojai Studio Artists have collaborated for an exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum, aptly dubbed MADE IN OJAI IX. The event kicks out this Thursday, April 28 and lasts through until Sunday, June 12. The group exhibition will feature pieces from fifty artists around the theme of “Know Hope” across a variety of media and interpretations. The works of art embody the concept that hope is the perseverance of goodness and an enduring belief in a positive outcome. Visitors are meant to capture the essence of how the idea of hope fills our day to day lives as well as pop culture, all with an uplifting message for the future.  Website
5/2/11 - Made In Ojai IX - Ojai Studio Artists
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