Claremont: Art & Culture
Befitting a town with seven renowned colleges, Claremont fosters the arts and is home to several unique museums and the world’s largest collection of Native California flora.
Local museums include The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, the only paleontology museum located on a high school campus in the nation, and the traveling Claremont Museum of Art. Visitors to Claremont will also find multiple galleries both at the colleges and around town, while the Village and campuses will reveal dozens of pieces of world-class public art.
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is home to the 10th largest herbarium in the United States. The facilities hold more than a million specimens, almost half of which are California plants. Approximately a quarter of these specimens have been digitized and the records are served online through the pooled site of the Consortium of California Herbaria. Tours are an ideal way to learn more about the garden and California native plants. Guided walking tours, self-led group visits, narrated tram tours for visitors with impaired mobility, regularly scheduled guided tram tours are all available.
The famous Folk Music Center museum and store in Claremont Village is owned by Grammy-winning, singer-songwriter Ben Harper’s family and includes a collection of rare and antique musical instruments and artifacts from around the world. The Folk Music Center offers classes and workshops for budding musicians, a lineup of musical performances from local and international folk performers, and an Open Mic on the last Sunday of every month.
The fine art collections of Pomona College are housed in the Pomona College Museum of Art. Among important holdings are the Kress Collection.
The Claremont Forum is a non-profit community organization that sponsors the nationwide Prison Library Project which sends hundreds of books a month to inmates nationwide.
The Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater has been providing delightful music and musical theater productions to Claremont audiences for over a quarter of century.