Museum of Ventura County opens its doors for Grand Re-opening

Ryan Carr is adding the final touches to his mural, HISTORY THROUGH THE TREES.

A Community Celebration—free and open to all—welcomes County residents back to their “new” museum.

The Museum of Ventura County is preparing for the Grand Re-Opening of its galleries after being closed since September 1. The Ventura community is invited to their “new” museum on Sunday, January 8 from noon to 5 pm.

This event begins with an opening ceremony at 12:30 pm, featuring local dignitaries and families, with entertainment by local students. Costumed historic interpreters will be strolling through the museum, and crafts for kids will be available.  Tours of the new gallery spaces will be given throughout the afternoon, and refreshments will be available for sale.

Two new exhibits will be on view: “Masterworks of the Museum,” which features meaningful and important artifacts as well as works of fine art from the museum’s 104-year-old collection, and “Really Awful People”, a fun exhibit told with the George Stuart Historical Figures which shows notorious villains throughout history.  A new figure recently created by Mr. Stuart that will also be on view here. You must see it to believe it! There are several new interactive and unique features and installations throughout the public areas.

Elena Brokaw, Interim Executive Director and Consultant to the Museum stated, “I cannot wait for the community to see the wonderful changes to its museum.”

The rebirth of this century-old institution came from a desire to give residents throughout Ventura County more access to their history, and to provide a more participatory and exciting experience for all visitors from the moment they enter the museum.  Admission is free, but reservations are required through Eventbrite via this URL:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-re-opening-community-celebration-tickets-30481717638

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