25th Anniversary

Since that landmark moment 25 years ago when our first official exhibition opened, OMA has emerged as a vital gathering place for creativity and art. This year we celebrate together the power of art to transform communities today and for another 25 years to come.

Our Legacy

300+

exhibitions

6,701

artists

11,480

artworks

500,000

visitors since 1997

25TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

September 10, 2022-January 29, 2023
Legacy: 25 Years of Art and Community - The Early Years

An exhibition with compelling pieces from landmark community-building exhibits will tell the story of how a volunteer based organization grew from its humble beginnings in 1997 to the cultural destination it is today.

October 1, 2022-February 19, 2023
Legacy: 25 Years of Art and Community - The Recent Years

Finally fully open, both halves of the Legacy exhibition (The Early Years and The Recent Years) are filled with compelling pieces from landmark community-building exhibits will tell the story of how a volunteer based organization grew from its humble beginnings in 1997 to the cultural destination it is today.

GET OUR OFFICIAL
25TH ANNIVERSARY ART KIT


Visit our Museum Store to shop our official 25th Anniversary Art Kit.

Here’s what’s inside:

  • OMA 25 Anniversary Tote
  • 12 Color Acrylic Paint Set
  • 10 Piece Brush Set
  • Drawing Pad with 12 Colored Pencils
  • Three (3) 8x10 Canvas Boards
  • Coloring Book
  • Note Pad
  • OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART TIMELINE

    1997

    On Monday, October 6, 1997, the day finally arrived. A crowd gathered outside on Pier View Way, remarks were made, and the ribbon was cut signaling that Oceanside Museum of Art was officially open to the community.

    New expansion OMA

    2008

    The newly expanded museum is open after two years of construction. The expansion increased the museum by 15,000 square feet, complete with a new terrace, a lobby, and additional gallery space.

    2020

    OMA curated artwork for two beachfront boutique hotels, The Seabird Resort and Mission Pacific Hotel, advocating for the purchase of work by the artists who live and work in the region rather than exhibiting generic, mass-produced art.

    2022

    As the museum reflects on its 25 year history, it also looks to the future. With plans to take over the historic Fire Station 1 building, the museum's vision to transform a community through art is well on its way.

    "Many in the community told us we could not succeed, and even if the museum was developed, no one would come. Fortunately, they have been proved wrong"


    -Randal L. Mitchell, Founding President

    CELEBRATE WITH US ON SOCIAL


    Follow us as we countdown our 25 Year Anniversary. We will be sharing the beautiful stories that are so special to OMA and we invite you to share your favorite memory, as well—whether that be your favorite artwork, a visit with friends, or an exhibition—we want to see it all!

    By sharing your favorite memory on social media, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Teeny Tiny Art Kit that includes a three 5x5 canvasses and a set of brushes

    Here’s how to enter:

    - Start following us @oceansidemuseum on Instagram
    - Share your favorite story of OMA or take a selfie with your favorite work of art currently in an exhibition.
    - Tag us using #OMATurns25

    Winners will be randomly selected every Friday starting on September 11, 2022, and ending on September 30, 2022. (Read our terms and conditions below)

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Spectacular at 25 sponsorship opportunities coming soon. We’re closing out our 25th year anniversary with a bang and you won't want to miss the epic celebration on Saturday, October 29.


    Terms and Conditions for Social Media Giveaway: You must be following @oceansidemuseum to be entered.1 winner will be randomly selected on 9/16, 9/23, and 9/30 and contacted through this account only, @oceansidemuseum. If the winners do not respond within 72 hours, new winners will be selected. No purchase is necessary. Must be 18+ to enter. You must be located in the Southern California area. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram. Ends 9/30.

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