Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

Thursday, November 20, 2014



FREE Admission 
FREE Parking
Tuesdays 1pm - 8pm
Thursdays 1pm - 6pm
Saturdays 1pm - 6pm

18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204 
Northridge, CA 91324-3885

(Southeast Corner of Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St. - Across from ARCO Station)

We encourage residents, companies, organizations and associations and all other interested parties to support The Museum of the San Fernando Valley with a tax-deductible contribution at one of the following membership levels:
($25)..............................Cahuenga Level
($50)..............................Amelia Earhart Level
($100).............................Lankershim Level (Family Level)
($250).............................El Camino Real Level (Corporate Level)
($500).............................Chandler Level
($1,000)...........................Los Encinos Level
($2,500)...........................Pio Pico Level
($5,000)..........................Gaspar de Portola Level                                                                                  (Other).................$_____________
If you would like to become a member of The Museum, please click on the Donate button below. You may select any membership level and pay from a PayPal account or with a credit card.
In addition, if you would like to become a member and write a check, it may be made payable and sent to:
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885

For additional information on becoming a member, please contact our Membership Committee at (818) 347-9665 PST, email or use the Contact page.
Thank you for your generous support.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


The Public Art Initiative (PAI) is a committee of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. We are a group of volunteer artists and art enthusiast from all over the San Fernando Valley working to beautify and bring more art to our neighborhoods. 

We've been making murals, bringing free interactive activities to public events, hosting art shows, setting up public art tours, attending art events and looking for locations that want public art. 

Come meet the the committee on Wednesday, Nov. 26th at 5pm and lets share ideas! 

You will also have an opportunity to see the current exhibits at The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and, if you choose, you can sit in on the regular PAI meeting, following the meet and greet.

5pm to 7pm - Meet & Greet (networking, exploring the exhibits and sharing artwork)

7pm to 9pm - PAI Meeting (talk about current PAI projects and opportunities)

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885

The PAI meets every last Wednesday of the month.
Usually we all bring snacks and drinks to share. 

This meeting is open to all artists and art enthusiast.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Historic Van Nuys Walking Tour

Saturday, November 29, 2014 

10am - 12:30pm 

$10 Donation 


Come out and burn a few of those extra Thanksgiving dinner calories at our annual "Walk It Off" tour - always on the weekend after Thanksgiving. 
Attendees will learn about the original 1911 buildings hidden beneath modern facades, first churches, a civic center with many special revelations, the Women's Club building, origin of the Daily News, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments #201, #202, and #911, and National Register of Historic Places Monument #2509. Also, who were Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Wayne E. Bechtelheimer and Whitley Van Nuys Huffaker? Re-live "Wednesday Nights on Van Nuys Boulevard" and much more!
Additional tour highlights include:
  • Van Nuys Bungalow
  • Women's Club
  • Old Van Nuys Library (1927)
  • United Methodist Church
  • Municipal Building Fa├žade
  • Van Nuys Post Office
  • Abeles Map
  • Fernando Statue, Crystal Plunge
  • Bob's Big Boy, Busch Gardens
  • Lankershim, Van Nuys, Whitsett, and Whitley Overviews
Cost: $10 Donation. You may make a donation from a PayPal account or with a credit card.
In addition, if you would like write a check for a tour, it may be made payable and sent to:

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 
Mailing Address: 
18860 Nordhoff St.., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
RSVP: Please contact us at (818) 347-9665 and leave your name, email, phone number and how many attendees or email at
Meeting Location: Van Nuys Tour meets at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. at Sylvan and Van Nuys Blvd., under arch, which is southeast corner of the street at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Well, if you were one of the fortunate 500-600 or so Museum enthusiasts to enter The Museum, enjoy the diverse exhibits and participate in a very special program including seven current and former Los Angeles City Council Members, City Controller, CA State Assemblyman, Head of Valley business leaders (The Valley Economic Alliance), Nancy Cartwright, Honorary Mayor of Northridge, Head of City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources and Scott Sterling, President, you were treated to a special occasion.

Much thanks to Elisabeth Waldo of Rancho Cordillera del Norte, Dana and Paul Dentzel who have partnered with The Museum and are our landlords. Their vision to secure more culture in the Valley and mix corporate and culture together is making a difference.

Also, attendees were treated to the New Sahara Gallery located on the second floor too.

There was entertainment provided by Center Stage Opera (always terrific), a car show, food truck and plenty of donated wine to go around too!

The feedback on the exhibits was fantastic.  The opportunity for valley residents and friends to meet and listen to actual WWII stories from the Veterans on the battlefield and up in the air was amazing.

The photographs of Leigh Wiener wooed the guests.

The Valley Times exhibit brought out many stories from visitors of where they were in a moment in time.

More to come from the Grand Opening!

Thank you to all - The Museum is primarily funded via memberships and donations. All of the support on November 8th was appreciated. We hope more people contribute, join and frequent The Museum.


The grand opening of the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center was a success!

Carolyn Uhri, Ken Ronney, local artist and a diverse audience enjoyed varied works of art, dignitaries in a creative setting.

Way to go!

The Museum is already a partner and will be working together to support each organization on upcoming projects and programs.

The Center is located at 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana, CA 91356 (Oxnard, just east of Reseda Blvd.)


Once again, the annual Archives Bazaar at USC did not disappoint. Want to really learn a lot over the course of one day? Well, this is your event.  

Not only do you learn from every table top, approximately 80 organizations sharing its background and new archival information, but the people walking in the halls, standing next to one another and sharing stories, experiences and resources are a real benefit.

The Museum had a table and it was busy all day. Visitors were excited to hear, at the time, of the upcoming Grand Opening event in Northridge on November 8th.  Thanks for Lee, Gary, Kristine, Scott and Michel who all assisted throughout the day.

Did you every eat at the Brown Derby? Well, here is an old menu - look at those prices!

The San Fernando Valley Historical Society - a friend of The Museum and an organization we hope to partner with more in the future.

Friday, November 7, 2014


The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 
18860 Nordhoff St (Cross street is Wilbur Ave) 
Northridge, CA 91324

Grand Opening 
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Entertainment, Food, Drinks 
Stories and much, much more!

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to announce its grand opening event at its new location in Northridge. The grand opening celebration will take place on November 8, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The offices and exhibit space is located on the southeast corner of Nordhoff St. and Wilbur Ave at Plaza de la Cordillera. 

Dignitaries, local business leaders, Museum members, media and the general public will all enjoy a special afternoon and evening with inaugural exhibits and collections ranging from:

Military Exhibit

Artifacts from WWII, Korea and Vietnam will be on display. Members from Wings Over Wendy's Veterans group will be on hand to offer first-person accounts of their experiences, bravery, dedication and heroism. 

Westmore Family Collection

The Westmore Family is the first family of Hollywood make-up. George Westmore, family patriarch, serve Hollywood as make-up artists in various capacities since he established Hollywood's first make-up department in 1917. The Westmore's have carried the tradition for four generations. Incredible artifacts, posters and other industry items will be on display.

The Westmore brothers became make-up artists for the likes of Rudolph Valentino, faces of Charles Laughton's grotesque Hunchback of Notre Dame (for RKO), Bette Davis' eyebrowless, almost bald, white-faced look in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Monte and for epic movies such as Gone with the Wind (1939). 

Leigh Wiener Collection  

Amazing photographs of celebrities, athletes and musicians and photographic equipment from award-winning American photographer and photojournalist Leigh Wiener will be on display. 

Additional exhibits and displays will cover the history, art and culture of aerospace, art, architecture, aviation, transportation, music and water.  

Please come out and show your support for your museum!