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Historical Talk: The Royal Tahitian 

June 10, 1 to 2 p.m. 


Parks and Recreation Commissioner and local historian Joe Caskey will discuss when  the Royal Tahitian at Ontario’s Whispering Lakes Golf Course showcased performances by jazz luminaries Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Ray Charles, Dorothy Dandridge, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Eartha Kitt.  A-list talent came to Ontario for half a decade in the 1960s.


Ontario Open Art Exposition now open 

The 12th Biennial Open Art Exhibition sponsored by the Associates of the Ontario Museum of History & Art, is now open featuring about 60 works of all types by artist from throughout Southern California. 


The Ontario Open Art Exhibition gives regional artists of all ages and skills the opportunity to display their artwork and a chance to win a cash prize. 


The formal reception honoring the exhibition winners as well as all participants will be held July 22 at 5 p.m.  The museum is open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum Associates is a non-profit organization that actively supports educational programs and community events at the museum through volunteer staffing, fundraising, and membership.

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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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.  


The exhibit is available for viewing but its formal opening will be held Aug. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. with music, food and presentations from local organizations. 


Spotlight tours throughout the night will feature OMHA curators sharing information about the exhibit’s various artifacts and interactive components.

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