The Williamson Gallery is free and open to the public. The Gallery offers four exhibitions annually. While selected works from the permanent collection are displayed in exhibitions each year, the permanent collection is not on display. We are located in the courtyard adjacent to Eleventh St. and Columbia Ave., just north of the Baxter Building (Campus Security) at 251 E. Eleventh St., Claremont CA, 91711. Donations are welcome. For any questions, contact the Gallery offices at (909) 607-4690. We are open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–5 p.m. during exhibitions. The gallery is closed Monday and Tuesday and in between shows. Please check the gallery’s exhibition schedule for the dates of exhibitions. During Gallery hours, you may also call the Gallery directly at (909) 607-2029.
The Garner House in Memorial Park is home to Claremont Heritage. Herman and Bess Garner built the Spanish Colonial Revival house in 1926 and lived here with their three sons for many years. At the time with 5,000 square feet, the home was one of the largest residences in town with exemplary wrought ironwork, oak and cork flooring and a complex, interesting floor plan. Under the care of Claremont Heritage, the house has become the city’s center for historic programs.
The Mission Revival-Spanish Colonial Revival style depot was built in 1927 by Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The station was renovated at a cost of $2.8 million and reopened for Metrolink use on December 7, 1992.The interior now also houses the Claremont Museum of Art.
The new Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, designed by Machado Silvetti and Gensler, houses Pomona College’s collection of art that numbers 18,000 objects, including Italian Renaissance paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; works on paper, including a first edition print series by Francisco Goya given by Norton Simon; and works in various media produced in Southern California in the twentieth century. In keeping with Pomona College’s reputation as a leading center of the visual arts, the collection also includes works by such esteemed alumni as Chris Burden ’69, Marcia Hafif ’51, Helen Pashgian ’56, Peter Shelton ’73, and James Turrell ’65. Recognized globally for its commitment to contemporary art, the museum is the home of The Project Series, which has featured more than 50 contemporary Southern California artists since it began in 1999. Through its collaboration with students and faculty, the museum encourages active learning and creative exploration across all disciplines of study within the liberal arts context.
Dinosaur lovers can discover artifacts of the ancient giants at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, the only nationally accredited museum located on a high school campus in the United States. The museum has two circular exhibit areas totaling 4,000 square feet: the Hall of Footprints and the Hall of Life. The fossil track and trackway collection is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
The Folk Music Center and Museum has been in Grammy-winner Ben Harper’s family since 1958, and features hundreds of instruments from around the world that visitors can actually touch and play. It’s become a destination for music lovers from as far away as Australia, Japan, and Europe. Many days you can meet Ellen Harper herself, working behind the counter.
Located in the historic Claremont Depot, the Claremont Museum of Art celebrates the community’s rich artistic legacy and promotes the cultural vitality of the region by showcasing paintings, sculptures, and other works by local artists.