Complete your experience at the Museum of Ventura County by stepping into our Museum Store. In addition to books and DVDs about local history, you will also find paintings, prints, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, glass, jewelry, accessories, children’s toys, and greeting cards, most by area artists. You are bound to find something special to remember your visit!
Some popular publications found in the Museum Store can be purchased online below.
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The Chumash Indians
This informative children’s book about the Chumash Indians is a great introduction to the lives of these local people. It’s organized in chapters including history, family, legends, rock art, and food. It has a small glossary of “words to know” and includes a Chumash game for children to play. It was written by Bill Lund and features Jan Timbrook, curator of ethnography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, as a consultant. It’s library bound with color photos. Geared to ages 8 and up.
Written by Jan Timbrook and beautifully illustrated by Chris Chapman, this work deals with the Chumash people’s use and knowledge of plants in their everyday lives. More than just a guide to plant names and etymology, this book explores the relationship between the Chumash and their environment and how they incorporated the plants into their culture. Ages-adult.
Written by local historian Glenda Jackson this paperback book chronicles in words and photographs the growth of the city of San Buenaventura “City of Good Fortune” and “Gateway to the Channel Islands”, from a Chumash settlement, to part of the Spanish mission system, to a popular beach-side town with over 100,000 residents. It’s a companion book to the author’s Ventura Postcard Series book also available for sale, as are the other title cities in the county, including Ojai, Camarillo, Oxnard, and others. Ages-adult.
The Santa Clara Valley
Local artists capture the beauty and variety of life in the Santa Clara Valley of Ventura County. From majestic landscapes to captured moments of everyday life , the talents of Susan Petty, Gail Pidduck, Bill Dewey, Chris Chapman, Pamela Schiffer, John Iwerks, Glenna Hartmann, and others are produced in magnificent detail by the Easton Gallery, in co-operation with the Museum of Ventura County (formerly the Ventura County Museum of History & Art). It features text by local historian and author Judith Triem and is a cloth-bound must-have for anyone who appreciates all the beauty Ventura County and its’ artists have to offer. Ages-adult.
Looking Back – Volume I
Published in conjunction with the Museum of Ventura County by the Ventura County Star, this title chronicles the photographic history of the area from the late 1800’s through World War I. The multitude of black and white photos from the Museum Library’s archives bring history to life. Ages-adult.
Looking Back – Volume II
Volume II picks up shortly after Volume I leaves off focusing on the growth of the county during the Depression years through WWII. Offering a wonderful glimpse in time again through a co-operative project between the Star and the Museum of Ventura County, Volume II has many fabulous photographs featuring familiar places (and faces). Ages-adult.
Keys to the County: Touring Historic Ventura County
Discover stories about Ventura County’s past with this guide book to historic sites. Local author Cherie Brant takes you on self-guided tours in every town in the county. Learn about the people and events that make this area special by seeing the actual historic location. There are over 40 different walking and driving tours that cover all parts of the county, along with over 70 historical photographs. This is a great travel companion for both locals and visitors. Ages-adult.
Also available by the same author are Legends of Ventura County and Historic Railroads of Ventura County. Call us for information regarding these titles.
George Stuart Historical Figures
A selection of highlights are featured, along with essays by Lee Green and Tim Schiffer on the life and work of this renowned Ojai artist. With full-color photographs by Peter d’Aprix, this book was honored with an award of excellence from the American Association of Museums in 2004. Ages-adult.
The Art of Otto and Vivika Heino
This exhibition catalog was published by the Museum of Ventura County and the Craft & Folk Museum, Los Angeles, to celebrate the life and work of master ceramic artists Vivika and Otto Heino of Ojai, on the occasion of Otto’s 90th birthday. It contains essays by Tim Schiffer and Kevin Wallace and has over 50 full-color images of the Heinos’ work. Ages-adult.
Presenting George Stuart:
Sculptor, Entertainer, Historian
This DVD is an intimate documentary profiling the life and work of the unique local Ojai artist, George Stuart, who “shares his passion for history and storytelling through public monologues accompanied by one-quarter scale, life-like figures which he creates..” (Carole McCartney). This one hour program is narrated by George Stuart himself and sells for $29.95 plus tax and shipping. Ages-adult.
Presenting George Stuart:
How the Historical Figures are Made
This presentation, narrated by Mr. Stuart, demonstrates in detailed step-by-step format, the creation of the Historical Figures®. He guides viewers through the process and this DVD is designed for sculptors, art students, hobbyists, and professionals working in sculpture and miniatures.