Museum is currently installing for our next exhibition, EMPATHY: Beneath the Surface. We will re-open on October 18, 2019.

POP-UP STORE Featuring Jim “TAZ” Evans is open though! Come check out this influential artist.


California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks

Museum Hours:

Thursdays (3pm -7pm)

Fridays - Sundays (12:00PM - 7:00PM)

We are located on the 2nd Floor in the Oaks Mall

CMATO’s mission is to serve as a place for meaningful engagement with art. We aspire to create opportunities that connect people to art, ideas and to each other.

CMATO features rotating temporary exhibitions, artist lectures and year-round educational programs that foster discussion, inspire discovery and enrich our community.

We are a museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys.

CMATO is a place where ideas

are shared and people connect.

Programs and Events

CMATO HIghlights

In The News


Jul 31, 2019 | Art and CultureCover StoryEmily DodiOn ExhibitThousand Oaks

“For the Greater Good.”

The phrase looms large on a wall in the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). The words were chosen by Kelly “RISK” Graval, the artist whose works are on display through Sept. 4.


In a community still shaken from the Borderline mass shooting, a museum finds a new home

By ETHAN VARIAN | February 20, 2019 at 1:46 pm

A Thousand Oaks shopping center is now the site of a new community-minded space, where amid the hustle and bustle, art prompts reflection.

Regional Art Museum Finds New Home In Ventura County Shopping Center


So, you expect that you can find everything from shoes to makeup when you make a trip to the mall. Some are even becoming social spots, with restaurants and movie theaters. But, one of the largest malls in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is increasing its cultural offerings. The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks is moving into a more than 5000 square foot space in The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks.

ON EXHIBIT | Kevin Sloan: Collection of Rarities at CMATO

Jan 9, 2019 | Art and CultureCover StoryEmily DodiOn ExhibitThousand Oaks 

What is the value of art? Not its price tag but its honest-to-goodness true value? CMATO, the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, is making a very strong case that art is priceless. Perhaps not in the same way that a long-lost Van Gogh might be (although that would be lovely), but priceless in the sense that the value of what art brings us and what it brings out in us is beyond measure.

Art Museum Gives People A Chance To Express Emotions About Borderline Bar And Grill Attack


In a Ventura County art museum, Jean Saunders has just finished writing something on a triangular piece of cloth. She’s preparing to hang it on what looks like clotheslines running through the middle of  the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks.   It’s a work in progress piece of art, being created by the public in response to the November 7th Borderline Bar and Grill attack in Thousand Oaks which left 12 victims dead.


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Cultural Partners

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CMATO’s exhibitions and intimate gathering space provide a unique backdrop for small to mid-sized groups.

 The museum is pleased to accommodate private events for individuals, groups, businesses, and members of the community. For more information about hosting an event, please contact