We visited the newly reopened museum today. Parts of the museum are very appealing; the rock wall in front, the mosaics and murals, the wonderful art collection. There is an educational area for children. In a separate room there is the display of historical figures; not local.
I like that they used artists for displays such as the jellyfish made by a local artist.
Why do I feel something is missing?
There is a smattering of local history, but it has been diminished considerably. The area about the Chumash is good, and out in the back they have a Chumash style house, so that's covered.
I would like to see more vintage photos of Ventura County history and get more of a feel of what it was like there years ago.
I feel they did not use the space they have, which is considerable, very efficiently.
I was a bit disappointed in the museum shop; usually shops of this sort have wonderful and unique local items. For instance; I would have liked to have a postcard or booklet of the art collection they show. With so many local artists and artisans, why aren't they represented here instead of the logo t-shirts and cups?
Having said all that, we enjoyed a nice little visit to this local museum.
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