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Dia de Los Muertos

events soon to open


Activities for the 25th annual celebration of Dia de Los Muertos at the Museum are soon to begin. 


The events, all without cost, are associated with the traditional holiday, especially observed in Mexico, in which friends and family recall those who have died. 


The Dia de Los Muertos observance will be filled with references to its many traditions, including the creation of altars, known as ofrendas.  


The Museum will focus on the practices that make the celebration sweet and savory.  Featured artists will exhibit works of art highlighting cuisines that remind them of cherished moments with departed family or friends. 


The exhibit runs at the Museum from Oct. 5 through Nov. 19.  A reception will be held Oct. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. filled with colorful memories, artwork, small dishes related to the holiday and artmaking activities.  Exhibiting artists will also be on hand.  

As part of the Museum’s First Thursday program, a free class in painting in the dark will be held Nov. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.  As part of Dia de Los Muertos, those attending will create their own glow-in-the-dark calavera painting.  Artist Mario Solorzano will conduct the class using neon paint in a UV setting.  Reservation for the workshop should be made at 909-395-2510.



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. 

'Built on Water' exhibit focuses

on area's most precious resource


A new core exhibition has opened at the Ontario Museum of History & Art devoted to an examination of the history, present and future of water conservation in Ontario and the surrounding region. 


“Built On Water: Ontario and Inland Southern California” will focus on how 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.


By focusing on local and tangible history, and by partnering with other area water-related institutions and collections, the project will greatly increase access and engagement on this vital issue with the public, especially area youth.


The goals for this permanent exhibition include illustrating the sources of our water, as well as sharing water conservation practices, and providing resource and educational materials on how water is managed and delivered not only historically but also presently and in the future.  


Volunteers needed to help

guide our many visitors

There’s a couple of special volunteer opportunities for you to help our Museum tell the story of Ontario and the region to eager young people and adults.

The museum is looking for docent to conduct tours.  Additionally, we're looking for committee members and those who could work a few hours a week at the Museum store.  

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

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