Return to Ontario Museum of History & Art



Día de los Muertos: Seasons of Life

Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Sunday, November 13, 2016

Día de los Muertos: Seasons of Life

Thursday, October 6, 2016 through Sunday, November 13, 2016

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) emphasizes remembrance of past lives and a celebration of the continuity of life. It is a tradition with roots to Mexico’s oldest civilizations. Explore Día de los Muertos through the artwork of local artists at our annual exhibition showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ofrendas (altars), and the winners from the city-wide Mask Making Contest!  Free Admission.

Photo is courtesy of Ontario Museum of History & Art.


Thursday, December 1, 2016 to Sunday, January 22, 2017


Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Modern quilt movement is nearly a decade old and its proponents are a fast growing segment of the quilting population*. Modern quilting began as an online community in the early 2000s and quickly grew into an international movement of like-minded sewists who make quilts that are primarily functional (as opposed to quilts made primarily as “art”). Inspired by modern design, the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive use of negative space, and alternate grid work are key elements of this style. Most of these characteristics are not found in “Traditional” quilt design, the formal, pattern-based repetitive blocks of printed fabric set in rows, with an emphasis on construction precision, practiced by most quilters in the 20th Century. This tension between classic, traditional and modern quilt design has lessened in recent years as modern quilters consider traditional patterns in new and exciting ways. This "Modern Traditionalism", the redesign of classic quilt designs, is what we will explore in an exhibit of 40 + juried quilts from U.S. and International quilters.  Photo courtesy of Georganna Hawley.

For more information on how to submit your quilt for consideration, contact Guest Curator, Georganna Hawley at  The deadline for entries is 3 PM PST August 15, 2016.  For more information call (909) 395-2510.

*According to a 2014 Quilting in America™ survey, there were 16 million active quilters in the U.S., 35% which enjoyed making quilts with Modern aesthetics.


Gem of the Foothills

Permanent Exhibit

This exhibit explores the unique history of Ontario—it’s founding, transitions, people and organizations.

Explore Ontario from its roots beginning with the Native Peoples and Californio Rancheros to its founding by George Chaffey. Discover why it has been called both a “Model Colony” and the “Gem of the Foothills.”

The book, Ontario The Gem of the Foothills by Michael L. Rounds, traces Ontario history from the Native American era to the present day. Many historic images from the museum’s collections are published here for the first time.

This interpretive history about our community is for sale in the museum store.

Road Ways

Permanent Exhibit

This is an interpretive, humanities-based exhibition that examines the impact of the road on American life and culture.

Start by learning about America’s fascination with traveling the open road. Or discover the roots of the road, how people have traveled “roads” long before cars did. Highlights include Ontario’s Euclid Avenue, Holt Boulevard and historic Route 66. Be sure to pick up a road map and travel through the “roadscape” of Ontario and beyond. You’ll find out why Road Ways is the world’s largest exhibit.

Road Ways was developed by the museum with the assistance of humanities scholars, contracted curators and exhibit designers and local advisors. Exhibition development, installation and associated publications were made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding our understanding of the world.

Email Alerts

Sign up for personalized email alerts.

Stay Connected

Stay informed with the latest updates.