Looking Ahead


Paint with Us: Art in the Dark,  Oct. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

     Those 18 and older can create black light reactive art.  Brave a spooky evening in the dark with local artists featuring Art By Mario Solorzano and Acidia. In this session, participants will paint with the artists

in a UV light setting and experiment with neon paint. Space is limited.  Reserve a spot: (909) 395-2222

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.  


One of them is becoming a docent for the Museum. It's a perfect way to educate a lot of inquiring minds about the area’s history and cultural heritage and maybe learn a little about the area in which you live. 


The museum is looking for volunteer docents to be trained to conduct tours of the permanent items in the museum as well as the always changing special exhibitions of art and history. 


Interested? Call 909-365-2510 to find out about becoming a very special docent for the museum. 

And there's another volunteer opportunity  -- working in the Museum Store.  The museum needs folks 18 or older willing to work 4-hour shifts while the museum is open.  No experience is required.

Want to find out more? Call Store Manager Paul Gomez at 909-238-6444 for details. 

Marissa Gonzalez-Kucheck

named museum director


Marissa Gonzalez-Kucheck has been named the new director of the Ontario Museum of History & Art, bringing an extensive background in the arts and in museum management to Ontario.  


Marissa joined the museum staff on Jan. 13, coming to Ontario from her previous position in the Cultural Arts Division of the city of South Gate. 


And while she is a native Southern Californian – she attended high school in Irvine – her college education came many miles away.  She received a bachelor’s degree in art history and a minor in urban studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Michigan.


“I was pleased to find that the city, like me, has its own Canadian connection, with George Chaffey," said Marissa, whose mother is Canadian. 


Marissa brings a wealth of experience having worked at the Huntington Library, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art. She is an alumnus of Arts for LA’s ACTIVATE program, holds a certificate in community teaching artistry from Cal State Los Angeles, and has completed the 2021 Rautenberg New Leaders Project. 


She says she is up to the challenge of using the museum’s strategic plan to build greater interest and growth while overcoming the hardships produced by the covid epidemic of the last two years.  


Melissa said among the challenges facing the museum are construction improvements underway to upgrade facilities in the 1930s former City Hall, as well as developing programs to reach out to new communities in Ontario and adjacent cities.  The museum has a new and expansive water exhibit due to open this year while also undergoing the museum accreditation process.   


“It’s a very exacting time for the museum and the city,” she said.  “But it is just a matter of taking each challenge one piece at a time.  I think we are very much ready for the future.” 

Annual Dia de Los Muertos

celebration opens Thursday 

October at the Ontario Museum of History & Art is dedicated to the annual celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, a holiday dedicated to remembering the dead. 


Beginning Thursday (Oct. 6) and running through Nov. 27, the Museum will host an extensive art exhibit as well as a series of events featuring art and music and workshops with the theme of Dia de Los Muertos. 


The holiday is widely celebrated throughout Latin America and the United States from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Its origins date back to pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America. 


The Museum exhibition focuses on the Cempasúchil, also known as the marigold flower, and how it relates to the traditions of the holiday. 


The Museum will hold an open house reception for the exhibition on Saturday (Oct. 8) from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors can meet the exhibit artists and learn more about the significance of the Cempasúchil. Folklorico performers, calavera face-painting and art-making activities will be part of the event.   


On Oct. 13, the Museum’s monthly Art Cart activity will enable participants to make their own calavera, or skull, mask for use during the Dia de Los Muertos observance. It will be from 5 to 8 p.m. for those 5 and older.  Free supplies will be provided. 


On Oct. 26 through Nov. 2, will be the community altar at the Jack Mercer Community Bandstand on Euclid Avenue at C Street.  Families honor their deceased relatives by preparing an offering for an altar that can include photos, food, drink, and mementos of their late loved one. 


A community talk about the Mexican origins of Dia de Los Muertos will be offered on Oct. 27 by Dr. Elisa Mandell, professor of art history at Cal State Fullerton.   It will be from 6 to 7 p.m.  A live stream will also be available over Zoom at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89915064942 


The museum is at 225 S. Euclid Ave. Information or to reserve a place at an event, call 909-395-2510. 

Built on Water' exhibit to open at museum next year

If you visit the Ontario Museum of History & Art these days, you might see a little dust and a lot of construction.


The main reason for this  -- there are other improvements going on at our facility -- is the construction of a new exhibit:  “Built on Water: Ontario and Inland Southern California.” 


The new exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.  


“Built on Water,” due to open next spring, will be devoted to an examination of the history, present and future of water conservation in the region. 


The exhibit will focus on the regional relationship with water,  where it comes from, conservation measures under way and how we are dealing with underground pollution of water sources.  


During the construction, the museum will remain open to the public.


Museum hours extended on Thursdays

The Ontario Museum of History & Art has extended its hours on Thursday nights

until 8 p.m. 

The museum,  225 S. Euclid Ave. in Ontario, is open Thursdays through Sundays beginning at noon.  The museum closes Friday through Sunday at 4 p.m. but remains open Thursdays until 8 p.m. 

Information:  (909) 395-2510.