Museum of Ventura County update for Nov. 13

November 13, 2017

Major funding for these programs is made possible in part by the
City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura.
Museum of Ventura County and California Resources Corporation Host a “Moment of Gratitude”

The Museum of Ventura County and California Resources Corporation (CRC) hosted a “Moment of Gratitude,” on Thursday, Nov. 9, to thank city and county officials and community members for their support throughout the Museum’s fiscal challenge. In a special presentation, CRC’s Amy Fonzo, manager, external relations, gave the museum a check for $5,000 to seed the museum’s new corporate giving program, and encouraged other corporations to ‘meet us or beat us’ in helping the Museum move forward toward its goal of $100,000 in corporate partnerships.

Pictured in photo left to right: Executive Director Elena Brokaw, CRC’s Amy Fonzo, Museum Board Chair Kate McLean.

What Do You Want from YOUR Museum?

We’re looking to serve you better! Join us at one of our upcoming community meetings.

In partnership with the Ojai Valley Museum:
November 14 at the Ojai Valley Museum
130 West Ojai Avenue, Ojai
5:30 p.m. – Check-in and Reception
6:00 p.m. – Meeting

Join Museum of Ventura County and Ojai Valley Museum patrons, cultural advocates and other community members, Tuesday, November 14, at the Ojai Valley Museum, to talk about the role of the Museum in the community, Museum programs and how a museum can actively engage and serve its constituents. This event is free to the public, however a reservation is requested. Please click here to RSVP.
In partnership with the Blanchard Community Library:November 15 at the Blanchard Community Library
119 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula
5 p.m. – Check-in and Reception at the Blanchard Community Library
6:00 p.m. – Meeting at the Ag Museum, 926 Railroad Avenue (The Ag Museum is a short walk from the Library)

The Museum of Ventura County in partnership with the Blanchard Community Library, cordially invites you to join us for a meeting, Wednesday, November 15, to discuss the role of the Museum in the community, its programs and how it can best serve Ventura County residents.This event is free to the public, however a reservation is requested. Please click here to RSVP.

Why I Collect Chicano Art

Ventura College professor and avid art collector, Tomás Sanchez, will be featured speaker at the November 14 “Speaking Of Ventura County” lecture series, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.

Tomás Sanchez has been a serious Chicano Art collector since the mid-1980s. Featured artists in his collection and this exhibit include Carlos Almaraz, Roberto Tito Delgado, Elsa Flores, Salomón Huerta, Leo Limón, Roberto Gil de Montes, Frank Romero and Patssi Valdez. At Ventura College Santa Paula, Sanchez teaches World History, Western Civilization History, United States History and Chicano History. This presentation will be a combination of art and history as it intersected during the Chicano Movement in southern California.

Free for members; $5 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Latin American & Latino Art in LA, the Museum of Ventura County presents

Ayer y Todavía

Experience Chicano culture and history, as well as current struggles and social issues, as seen through the eyes of Chicano artists in this unique exhibit, Ayer y TodavíaFeatured artists include Margaret Garcia, Frank Romero, Leo Limón, Salomon Huerta, Jack Vargas, Harry Gamboa, Diane Gamboa, Ignacio Gomez, and Patssi Valdez among others.The exhibit will be on view through November 26. For more information, visit

Exhibit and event are sponsored by the Port of Hueneme, Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. and Santa Paula Latino Town Hall. Special thanks to the MVC Latino Advisory Committee.

Lost Empires:
The Conquest of the Americas

Experience the story of the Mayan civilization, begun nearly 10,000 years ago and inhabiting today’s area of southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and portions of Honduras and El Salvador, as told through ‘Lost Empires: The Conquest of the Americas’ at the Museum of Ventura County, now through April 2018 at theMuseum of Ventura County.

Featuring the highly-detailed and historically-accurate George Stuart Historical Figures Collection, visitors will learn about the early beginnings of the Mayan civilization and its advancements in sophisticated art and mathematics, evident in 500 BC, as well as its architecture which rivaled that of Europe.

For more information, visit

Expanded hours for the Ag museum!

The Agriculture Museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located in the historic Mill building built in 1888 in downtown Santa Paula, the Ag Museum houses exhibits and a broad collection of tractors, farming implements, a living beehive and interactive activity stations for kids. These exhibits help visitors of all ages understand the importance of agriculture in Ventura County and around the world.

Located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, 93060. Ample free parking. For more information, visit or call 805.525.3100

Free First Sundays and Appreciation Weekends

The museum offers Free First Sundays and free admission
for featured groups on designated Appreciation Weekends.
November 25-26 – 93062 – 93065
December 3 – Free First Sunday

Winter Festival Features
Holiday Pet Fun!

Pets of all kinds are welcome on Free First Sunday, December 3, as the Museum teams up with the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center(S.P.A.R.C.) for a fun-filled pet-focused day.  Dogs can enjoy a “Canine Cake Walk” featuring a yummy selection of biscuits and treats, and pet owners of all kinds will have fun with the pet-antlers craft, 1-3 p.m. (thanks to museum sponsor, Mimi Allin).

Santa will be there ready to have a photo taken with you and your pet. And if you don’t have a pet, S.P.A.R.C. will be “loaning” out (donations appreciated) a few of their gentlest dogs for your Santa photo. S.P.A.R.C. will be on hand with plenty of furry friends needing forever homes.

Please be aware that there will be many animals and young children attending the holiday pet event.The Museum asks that you use your best judgment when bringing your pet to this event. If you think your pet will be scared or feel threatened, consider leaving your animal at home and take advantage of S.P.A.R.C.’s gentle dog “loan” instead.

Coming in December
In High Style: The Photography of Neal Barr

Experience first-hand, the iconic images created by renowned fashion and beauty photographer Neal Barr, and meet the artist at the opening reception, 6 – 8 p.m.,December 8, when the Museum of Ventura County launches its exciting new exhibition of Barr’s work, In High Style: The Photography of Neal Barr. Admission for the opening reception is $5 for members; $10 for non-members.

In High Style:The Photography of Neal Barr will be on display at the Museum,100 E. Main Street, Ventura, Dec. 8, 2017 through April 8, 2018.

The perfect venues for Private Events, Corporate Events, Galas,
Weddings, Fundraisers,
Meetings and more!

Looking for a local event venue in Ventura County? Both the Museum of Ventura County and the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula are historic, full service, indoor/outdoor event venues that display the true culture and beauty of Ventura County. The Museum partners with Main Course California Catering, a premier caterer with a full-service event and production team dedicated to making your event planning experience simple and stress-free. With a proven track record in culinary excellence and quality service, they will be there with you every step of the way to ensure a perfect event.

Major funding for these programs is made possible in part by the
City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura. 
Museum of Ventura County • 100 East Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 • 805.653.0323
Agriculture Museum • 926 Railroad Ave. Santa Paula, CA 93060 • 805.525.3100


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