Art is an essential part of public life and enriches our community. The Museum’s fine art holdings include renowned regional artists such as John Nava, Jessie Arms Botke, Omar d’Leon, Horace Bristol and Beatrice Wood. The collection includes paintings, photographic prints, etchings, ceramics and over 200 extraordinary historical figures by Ojai artist and historian George Stuart.
Knowing our history fosters a greater understanding of our community today. We use our collections to chronicle life in Ventura County including indigenous culture, settlement, agriculture, commercialization, and the local impact of global events on our county. The collection ranges from natural history specimens and architectural fragments to saddles and brands to textiles and decorative arts.
Access and Donations
Access is available to researchers on a limited basis due to specialized storage and staffing requirements. MVC accepts donations of objects that tell significant stories about the people, art and culture of the Ventura County region. Potential acquisitions are carefully considered given storage space and exhibition needs. For questions about the Museum’s art and artifacts collection, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 805.653.0323 x326
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