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Museum  is awarded   

national accreditation 


The Ontario Museum of History & Art has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance

of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. 

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, less than

1,100 are accredited. The Museum is one of only 78 museums accredited in California and one of eight in San Bernardino County.


“This is a huge milestone for the Museum and a testament to our staff’s dedication and expertise," said Marissa Kucheck, director of the Museum.

Alliance Accreditation brings national

recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, professional

standards and continued institutional improvement.

“This is so exciting,” said Ontario Councilwoman Debra Porada. “This will bring the Ontario Museum of History & Art more opportunities

for funding in the future.”

To earn accreditation a museum first must

conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. The Alliance’s Accreditation Commission considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said

Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. 

“Accreditation is clearly a significant

chievement, of which both the institutions and

the communities they serve can be extremely proud.


Members of the Ontario Elks Lodge generously presented a check for $5,000 to the Associates of the Museum recently to help further the institution's educational programs. 

Volunteers are needed

to help guide visitors

Did you know that more than 900 students and adults came to the Museum as part of 24 tours conducted during this fall?  

The Museum welcomes local students and teachers for school tours to engage with our gallery exhibits and collections. All museum tours are led by museum educators who connect our collections and exhibits to classroom curriculums.

Emphasized are close-looking, visual thinking strategies, and inquiry; free-choice learning by exploring and choosing what to learn; the information given affirms and expands on the choices made; making connections to ideas, other art forms, other school subjects, and to one’s experience; and cultural relevance by connecting art and local history to diverse communities, cultural traditions, and lived experiences. 

Museum tours are based on the California Common Core State Standards in a range of subjects including English language arts, history/social science, science, and visual arts. 

Museum tours are offered on Tuesdays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tour experiences  can be scheduled in a variety of tour options from 45 to 90 minutes.

The Museum is in need of volunteers to become docents to conduct these tours to help tell the story of Ontario and the region. ​


Additionally, we're looking for volunteers to serve on committees or who could work a few hours a week at the Museum store.  


Interested? Contact the office at (909) 395-3510.

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