The Claremont Museum of Art celebrates the community’s rich artistic legacy and promotes the cultural vitality of the region.
With high hopes, the museum was incorporated in 2004 and was located in the Packing House for two years.
From 2010 to 2016, the museum successfully operated as a “museum without walls.” With nearly 300 members, the volunteer organization continued to hold numerous events and programs. CMA presented ten exhibitions in borrowed spaces. The Padua Hills Art Fiesta became a popular annual event and studio tours opened dozens of artists’ studios to the public. Funds raised have supported Project ARTstART, an art education program now in its seveth year serving Claremont schools.
In December 2015, the Claremont Museum of Art entered into a lease agreement with the City of Claremont for the adaptive reuse of the Claremont Depot as a small art museum. Thanks to generous and enthusiastic community support, the museum raised over $150,000 and completed Phase I of the renovation. The museum opened its new gallery space at the Depot on November 20, 2016. Featuring the work of Claremont area artists, the gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon to 4:00 pm.