Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside

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ABOUT OMA

The mission of Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is to educate and inspire the public through a diverse range of engaging exhibitions and programs that connect people with regional, as well as national and global artists and artforms of the 20th and 21st centuries.

OMA operates as a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation and was originally founded by a core group of citizens who seized upon the vision of a museum and overcame all obstacles and skepticism to bring that vision to fruition after almost eight years of planning. OMA began providing exhibitions and public programs in 1995. With the support of the Oceanside City Council and City staff, the lease for the renowned Irving Gill Building, the historic site of the Oceanside City Hall, was approved and a home for the museum was established. Following a renovation to the interior of the Gill Building, OMA formally opened its doors on October 6, 1997, with a grand opening and OMA dedication.

In 2008, OMA completed a contemporary, three-level 15,000 square foot expansion, designed by noted architect Fredrick Fisher. The new building was melded seamlessly with the original 5,000 square-foot Irving Gill modernist building.

In addition to more than fifteen highly praised modern and contemporary art exhibitions per year, museum programming includes concerts, films, culinary events, fundraising parties, evening events, docent tours and chartered travel to other local, national and international cultural art venues and destinations. Our audience is made up of people of all ages, different walks of life and diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Admission

OMA Members free

General admission $8

Seniors 65 + $5

Students free with ID

Military and

their dependents

free with ID

North American

Reciprocal Museum

Program Members

free with ID

Artist Alliance

Are you an artist? Join OMA as an Artist Alliance Member and be part of a program designed to foster a bond between the museum, artists, and the community. The Alliance showcases members' work in local venues. For more information contact coordinator Bev Stuber, at 760.732.0399 or bastuber@dslextreme.com. Then join the OMA Artist Alliance Facebook Group@ http://www.facebook.com/groups/225137574256347/
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Oceanside Museum of Art Reviews

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  • We enjoyed the two exhibits, Sidewalk Activism and Artists' Alliance Biennial, that were here in February. Both were quite thought-provoking! The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially the....  more »
  • My friend and I were looking for a fun interesting way to spend afternoon. We lunched in town and then visited the museum. There was an acrylic nail exhibit that turned out to be wildly informative...  more »
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  • We have been to this museum half a dozen times over the years, with and without kids. The building and exhibits have grown in size and sophistication. The key is to get on line and plan your visit to coincide with an exhibit that matches your interests...the entire place will be devoted to it. Great small town art museum. Fantastic exhibits from local and well known artists. Easy to find, lots of parking options and close to other points of interest.
  • Impressed with this small city gallery. Current exhibit "Dress Rehearsal" is exceptionally thought provoking!

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