Museum of Ventura County update for Nov. 2

November 2, 2017

Major funding for these programs is made possible in part by the
City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura.
17th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
at the Museum of Ventura County
Free family event features music, art, dance and crafts

Chumash Basket Lecture

In honor of Native American Heritage month, Jan Timbrook, curator of ethnography, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, will share her extensive knowledge about the remarkable artistry, design and techniques found in the basket weaving of the Chumash, a group of related Native peoples of coastal southern California whose homelands are centered around Santa Barbara and the Northern Channel Islands, 4 – 5:30 p.m.,November 8, at the  Museum of Ventura County. Free for members; $5 for non-members.

Thank You For Your Service!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the office of Congresswoman Julia Brownley is presenting a special screening of Thank You For Your Service, the 2016 critically-acclaimed documentary on the mental health crisis faced by our nation’s veterans. This event will take place at 4:30 p.m.,November 10, at the Museum of Ventura County

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion of the film with the documentary’s director, producer and local veterans. The event is free to the public, but space is limited. An RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, please call Congresswoman Brownley’s office at 805-379-1779.

In Memoriam:
The Chicano Moratorium

The Chicano Moratorium, the massive mobilization in 1969 to raise awareness of the Vietnam War as a civil rights issue in the Chicano community, is the topic of a panel discussion, 2–4 p.m., November 11, at the Museum of Ventura County.

Set at the height of the disproportionate death rates of Mexican-American casualties in Vietnam–20 percent of the casualties as compared to 10 percent of the American population–the march was the largest anti-war action of any oppressed nationality in the history of the U.S., drawing over 30,000 Chicanos in protest.

Free for members; $5 for non-members.

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.

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.

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.

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 Todavía.

Featured 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 the Museum 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

Free First Sundays and Appreciation Weekends

The museum offers Free First Sundays and free admission for featured groups on designated Appreciation Weekends.

November 5 – Free First Sunday
November 11-12 – Grandparents
November 25-26 – 93062 – 93065
December 3 – Free First Sunday

The perfect venues for Weddings, Galas, Fundraisers, Corporate Events, Private Events, 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 behind Ventura County.

The Museum partners with Main Course California Catering at both venues. Main Course acts not only as our Exclusive Caterer but as our Event Services and Production team. Whether you are planning a simple Corporate Meeting or an elaborate Wedding Celebration, Main Course California Catering is dedicated to making your event planning experience simple and stress-free. Their events team has years of experience in culinary excellence and quality service and will be there with you every step of the way.

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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