Current Exhibitions

Online Exhibition


February 25 – April 4, 2021

The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake is an exhibit probing the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Tule Lake – the largest designated segregation center ruled under martial law. There are stories of sorrow and resilience, courage and fear, loneliness and solidarity. Through Hiroshi Watanabe’s poignant photographs of artifacts, we are able to get a sense of the experience of those who were unjustly confined. The accompanying panels provide historical context and a window into the layered complexity of the events that took place at Tule Lake.

The Art of Survival is supported in part by a Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. This exhibit has been made in cooperation with the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Art of Survival is a traveling exhibition toured by Exhibit Envoy.


Right: Stewart, Francis, Tula Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A view showing the artistic way in which the evacuees decorate the exterior of the barracks to make them more homelike. Deportment of the Interior, War Relocation Authority. 11/03/1942. NARA ID: 536360 – Courtesy of the National Archives.

Left: Lee, Russell, Los Angeles, California. The evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West coast areas under United States Army war emergency order. Japanese try to sell their belongings. Form Security Administration / Office of War Information, (Library of Congress) 4/1942. Reproduction Number: LC-USF34-072258-D – Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Equal Justice Under Law: Leah Knecht

February 25 – April 4, 2021

Online Exhibition
The Ontario Museum of History & Art presents Equal Justice Under Law, by artist Leah Knecht. Experience the transformation of found objects and embark on a historical journey through mixed media and sculpture. The artist presents a body of work centered around the utilization of ephemera and assemblages to examine injustice in society and politics.

The title Equal Justice Under Law is a phrase engraved on the West Pediment, above the front entrance of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. It is also a societal ideal that has influenced the American legal system.

Gem of the Foothills 

This exhibit explores the unique history of Ontario—its founding, transitions, people and organizations. Explore Ontario from its roots beginning with the Native Peoples and Californio Rancheros to its founding by the Chaffey brothers.  

The book, Ontario: The Gem of the Foothills by Michael L. Rounds, traces Ontario history from the Native American era to the present day. Many historic images from the museum’s collections are published here for the first time. This interpretive history about our community is for sale in the Museum store.

Discover why it has been called both a
“Model Colony” and the “Gem of the Foothills.”