The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) in Oceanside, California, is a regional art museum and a leader of arts and culture in the region. Boasting beautiful views of the historic Oceanside Pier and the Pacific Ocean, the Oceanside Museum of Art features highly acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions, community outreach and educational programs, and a variety of annual functions and events.

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Designed by renowned Modernist architect Irving Gill, the Museum showcases some of the finest art in the southern California region, ranging from architectural glass, paintings, and sketches to art quilts, and studio furniture.

Housed in adjacent buildings designed by renowned Modernist architects, Irving Gill and Frederick Fisher, the 20,020 square foot Oceanside Museum of Art’s exhibitions showcase the art of the Southern California region including paintings, sculptures, studio furniture, art quilts, and architectural glass. OMA’s galleries are redesigned for each exhibition to create a fresh visual transformation. The Oceanside Museum of Art is made up of the classic Irving Gill designed building, which stands next to the contemporary three-level 15,000 square foot Frederick Fisher designed Central Pavilion to create an exquisite combination and seamless union of past and present architecture.

In addition to the highly acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions that the Museum hosts each year, OMA also offers a wealth of educational and other programming, including docent-led tours, music concerts, culinary events, movies and films, fundraising parties, and evening events.

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2.Exhibits and Activities

Exhibits and Activities
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Exhibitions at the Oceanside Museum of Art have include ‘Spitting in the Wind’ (2014) by Robert Matheny, Richard Allen Morris, John Baldessari, and the late Russell Baldwin, and ‘Project PAINT: The Prison Arts Initiative’ (2015). The most recent were ‘California Fibers: Eclectic Threads’ (2016), which featured 2-D and 3-D works of art in various mediums, including textiles, wood, and weaving.

The Oceanside Museum of Art also hosts off-site exhibitions at the North Coast Repertory Theatre Café & Gallery, which is located at the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza Shopping Center in Solana Beach.

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The Oceanside Museum of Art is home to the Van Hunnick Education Center, which offers ongoing educational programs, workshops and classes for students, children, and families. Classes range from figure drawing and painting to paper-making, and art-related field trips are offered for school classes, scout troops, and youth groups.

The OMA also caters for scholars and students who are encouraged to explore their creativity through new artistic techniques, as well as to become part of the local creative community. Child-friendly field trips are offered for school classes, scout troops and youth groups, and the Museum caters for birthday parties with child-friendly docent tours and creative projects, cake and presents.

Adults can enjoy ongoing classes, workshops, lectures, discussions and travel opportunities at the Van Hunnick Education Center. Lectures include a variety of art and architecture-related topics, such as ‘The Architecture of New Museums.’

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4.Visitor Information

Visitor Information
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Oceanside Museum of Art is located at 704 Pier View Way in Oceanside, California and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Centrally located in downtown Oceanside, the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is within walking distance of the Oceanside Pier, the Oceanside Transit Center, and a variety of delicious eateries.

OMA showcases contemporary and modern art exhibitions throughout the year, as well as interactive art experiences, culinary events, concerts, art classes and lectures, fundraising parties, evening events, and travel to other cultural art venues and destinations. Visitors can explore the Museum and its exhibitions on docent-led tours. The Oceanside Museum of Art also hosts off-site exhibitions at the North Coast Repertory Theatre Café & Gallery, which is located at the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza Shopping Center in Solana Beach.

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704 Pier View Way, Oceanside CA 92054, Phone: 760-435-3720

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Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), California