Ontario Museum of History & Art

Located on tree-lined Euclid Avenue, The Ontario Museum of History & Art (OMHA) preserves, interprets and celebrates the history and cultural heritage of Ontario and the surrounding area.   

About the
Ontario Museum of History & Art 
 

Located on tree-lined Euclid Avenue, The Ontario Museum of History & Art (OMHA) preserves, interprets and celebrates the history and cultural heritage of Ontario and the surrounding area.  

 From developing exhibitions, to engaging visitors through educational experiences, and events that inspire creative action, the Museum is an anchor to the growing downtown arts district.

 The Museum is uniquely housed in Ontario’s former City Hall, a historical landmark funded by the Works Progress Administration. In 2019, the Museum celebrated its 40th Anniversary and it extended its vision, embracing long-term planning to ensure that the Museum’s capacity matches the growth in value to the community and visitors.  

Vision Statement

The Ontario Museum of History & Art will be the premier arts and cultural center for the Inland Empire by engaging diverse audiences, presenting dynamic experiences, and preserving our regional legacy.

Mission Statement

The Ontario Museum of History & Art is a vibrant cultural resource for our diverse communities. As stewards, we advance an understanding of regional history and art. We provide meaningful visitor experiences through well-curated exhibits and programming.

 

Our Values

Preservation: We are committed to ethical, accountable, and professional museum standards.

 

Our Values

Quality: We are responsive to the surrounding community’s needs through education and lasting partnerships.

Our Values

Sharing: We are a venue that is accessible and responsive to the region through sharing relatable narratives with our visitors.

Our Values

Experience: Our museum is a place of discovery, curiosity, and fun.

Our History

Our timeline dates back to the 1930s, when construction began for the second City Hall of the City of Ontario.

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Our Museum Board

A five-member board, appointed by the City Council, provides citizen input on the direction and affairs of Museum, acting in an advisory capacity to the City Council. 

The Board of Trustees meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 PM  at the Ontario Museum of History & Art

  • Chris Kueng - President 
  • Rick Caughman- President pro Tem 
  • Randy del Turco - Member
  • Jerry Weems- Member 
  • Ada Lopez – Member 

Current Exhibitions

Gem of the Foothills

Día de los Muertos: Journey of the Butterflies

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Upcoming Exhibitions 

2021

Built on Water: Ontario and Inland Southern California  

The history of water development, distribution and conservation has a huge continuing impact on the City of Ontario and surrounding area of Inland, Southern California, as well as our continued prosperity into the future.

Past Exhibitions

10th Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibit

The Ontario Museum of History & Art and Museum Associates presents the 10th Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibit, a collection of contemporary artworks by local and regional artists. This exhibit features artwork from the eight 2019 Ontario Open Art Exhibit...

Shaping Wood, Shaping Artists: Sam Maloof

January 23, 2020 – March 29, 2020   Shaping Wood, Shaping Artists: Sam Maloof was organized and presented by the Ontario Museum of History & Art (OMHA), Chaffey Community Museum of Art and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof...

Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots

October 3, 2019–November 11, 2019  Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) emphasizes remembrance of past lives and a celebration of the continuity of life. It is a tradition with roots to Mexico’s oldest civilizations. Explore Día de los Muertos through the artwork...

Ontario Open Art Exhibit

April 11, 2019 – June 9, 2019  The Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates presents the Tenth Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibit, a juried exhibit of local artists showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics and...

Danny Lyon: Memories of Southern Civil Rights

January 31, 2019 – March 17, 2019   Based on Danny Lyon’s memoir, this exhibit brings together the photographs he took from 1962 to 1964 while traveling through the United States documenting the Civil Rights Movement. Lyon began is photographic career as the...

Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America

January 31, 2019 – March 10, 2019  Enter the era of the “The New Negro Movement” through the photographs of African American photographer John Johnson. His ennobling portraits, taken from 1910-1925, reveal the dignity and hope of his friends and neighbors during...

Pop-up Quilt Show with the IE Modern Quilt Guild

December 13, 2018– December 30, 2018  Join us for a modern a quilting adventure with the Inland Empire chapter. Come see a variety of quilts inspired by modern design elements.  

Museum Associates Fundraiser Exhibit

December 6, 2018 – December 8, 2018   The inaugural Museum Associates exhibit celebrates local artists and the arts in Ontario! Join us for an opportunity to purchase a unique work of art and support your local Museum’s programs and...

Día de los Muertos: Remember Me

October 11, 2018–November 10,2018   Explore Día de los Muertos through the artwork of local artists at our annual exhibit showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ofrendas (altars), and the participants from...

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

August 16,2018–September 23,2018   Explore the Indian American experience and the community’s vital political, professional and cultural contributions to American life and history. This exhibit uses photography, narrative, multimedia and interactive stations...

2017 Landscape Renovations Video

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