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Ojai Valley Museum

Plains Indians of North America

Nine figures of Native American from tribes of the 1800s, including Sioux, Comanche, Crow, Lakota. From the collection of artist George Stuart.


04/01/2009 -


Ojai Valley Museum

130 West Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93024

Wednesday: Guided Tours Thursday & Friday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.


Past Exhibits
Baker Museum

Masters of Miniature

Selected Historical Figures from the Museum's Collection are mostly from the French Bourbon dynasty.


09/01/2005 - 09/01/2006

$8 Adults, $4 Students



Henrietta Maria
George S. Stuart Historical Figures

A selection of figures from the permanent collection donated to the museum by local artist George S. Stuart.


01/01/2006 - 12/31/2007


Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

George Washington
American Patriots and Founders

Expanded facilities now open. Smith Gallery exhibiting Historical Figures from American Patriots and Founders groups.


06/01/2010 - 08/01/2010


Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lorenzo De Medici

Renaissance and Reformation

A selection of European Historical Figures from the 15th to 17th century who were instrumental in the Renaissance and Reformation movements.


02/07/2012 - 05/20/2012

Admission for Museum is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17. Members and children under 6 free.

Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Christopher Columbus
Conquest of the Americas

From the news of Columbus’ first discovery, Europeans commenced a frantic onslaught on the American Continent in search of gold and natural resources. All of the new-found wealth brought only devastation the native people and constant conflict among competing Western powers. The end result was mixed at best. When Christopher Columbus was financed by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, they expected gold and coversos. The conquestadors, Hernan Cortes and that Francisco Pizarro were luckier at finding gold, but extended the spread of diseases from the Aztec nation of Mocteczuma II to the Peruvian Indians of Inca Atahualpa. The Church was well-represented by the compassionate de las Casas and explorers Fathers Eusebio Kino and Junipero Serra.


05/22/2012 - 08/05/2012

Admission for Museum is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17. Members and children under 6 free.

Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hung Hsiu Chuan
The Dragon Awakes!

Likely the oldest organized culture on earth, the ancient imperial history of China came to an end due to the combined interference of European powers and the ineptitude and senility of its last dynastic rulers, the Qing. In spite of their nomadic heritage, the Qing built much of today's Forbidden City. After the nationalistic Boxer Rebellion failed, the young Pu Yi and the Qing were too ineffectual to maintain rule. It is remarkable how China’s power and vitality have been reborn once again through the bloody “Glorious Revolution" of Mao Zedong and the isolation of Chiang Kai Shek. Perhaps the Peoples Republic of China is now on its way to building a new imperial future.


08/07/2012 - 11/18/2012

Admission for Museum is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17. Members and children under 6 free.

Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Marie Antoinette
"Let 'Um Eat Cake"

The greatest Bourbon ruler, Louis XIV, was the personification of royal grandeur, whereas his descendents became the symbols of all that was corrupt and parasitical in the monarchy. King Louis XVI and his queen Marie Antoinette paid with their heads, as did thousands of French aristocracy! The rule of the Ancien Regime ended in the tumultuous French Revolution of Maximilien Robespierre and the guillotine. Napoleon Bonaparte led the young French Republic to a French Empire only to be defeated, opening the door to the Bourbon restoration of Louis XVIII and Charles X.


11/20/2012 - 02/24/2013

Admission for Museum is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17. Members and children under 6 free.

Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lucrezia Borgia
Fact or Fiction? Stuart Critiques Hollywood

What can we learn about history from the movies and television? How much of their cinematographic splendor is based on fact and how much is embellished make-believe? Fact or Fiction? Stuart Critiques Hollywood features historical personalities who have become the focus of the moving pictures, including Marie Antoinette, Henry VIII, the Borgia family, and China’s Last Emperor Pu-Yi. In his accompanying monologues artist and historian George Stuart will critique Hollywood’s attempts to portray history and share how he avoids the pitfalls of historical inaccuracy when creating his one-quarter life-size Historical Figures®.


05/14/2013 - 08/14/2013

Admission $10 from www.carnevaleventura.org, and $15 at the door.

Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pope Alexander VI
All that glitters- The High Fashion of the George Stuart Historical Figures®

The Museum’s Smith Gallery will present the most decorative, well-dressed personalities from the George Stuart Historical Figures® Collection. Admire and learn about the exquisite chic of European, Russian and Manchu aristocrats, the colorful feather dresses of Mesoamerican rulers, as well as Old World clerical vestments.


08/19/2013 - 11/17/2013

Admission $10 from www.carnevaleventura.org, and $15 at the door.

Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Diamonds are forever
Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever, a new exhibition at the Museum of Ventura County will tell the fascinating stories of history’s most famous diamonds and their equally famous owners, opening in May. The exhibit will feature the well-known diamond replicas of Scott Sucher and the stunning Historical Figures of artist-historian George Stuart. The exhibit runs May 2nd through August 24th, 2014.


05/03/2014 - 08/24/2014

See ticket prices at Museum of Ventura County website.

Museum of Ventura County

100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kit Carson
Shaping Arizona Statehood

creates one-quarter-life-size portraits of individuals who were the driving force that shaped history throughout the world. This exhibit brings together fourteen Figures from his Movement West group that represent more than 400 years of New World discovery and exploration carving the path to Arizona Statehood in 1912. Exquisitely crafted with lucid detail, Mr. Stuart’s Figures revel in the presentation of an honest (though not always pleasant) portrayal of history.


01/31/2012 - 04/14/2012

General Admission $9 Senior (65 or older)/Military Admission $8 Youth Admission (age 4-17) $6 Children 3 and under Free Group Rates Available

Mini Time Machine - a Museum of Miniatures

4455 East Camp Lowell Drive
Tucson, AZ 85712

Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

James Madison

Revolution and Rebellion: Wars, Words and Figures

A selection of 35 Historical Figures from G. S. Stuart's Founders & Patriots, Lincoln Era and Royal England Groups support an 1823 authorized copy of the Declaration of Independence and artifacts from the Revolutionary and Civil War periods.

The exhibit is now closed.


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William J. Clinton Presidential Library

1200 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wotan God of War
"Figures of Germanic Myth and Legend"



04/01/2008 - 04/01/2009


Ojai Valley Museum

130 West Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93024

Wednesday: Guided Tours Thursday & Friday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.

Maya Prince

Figures from Mr. Stuart's private collection.

The Ojai venue serves as George Stuart's studio, gallery and residence.

Gallery is closed for repairs. Please visit the three venues currently exhibiting Historical Figures in Ventura and Ojai.


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Gallery of HIstorical Figures

131 McNell Road
Ojai, CA 93024


Enslaved African
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War"

This traveling exhibition includes five Historical Figures from the Museum of Ventura Collection.It explores Lincoln’s struggle to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history. Was the United States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states? How could a country founded on “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure? Lincoln’s decisions about these intertwined crises of war reinvented the Constitution and promise of American life. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest Constitutional crisis. Mr. Stuart will present a monolog about Lincoln on November 8.


10/11/2012 - 11/30/2012

No admission charge for exhibit or monolog.

Gallery of Historical Figures

131 McNell Road
Ojai, CA 93024


Abraham Lincoln

Tiny Perspectives: A History of Miniatures

Selected Historical Figures from the Lincoln Era.

This exhibit is now closed.


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Pasadena Museum of History

470 West Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Wednesday thru Sunday 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin in Europe

Selected Historical Figures who were associated with Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolutionary Cause. The Figures supplimented a traveling Smithsonian exhibit on Franklin.

The exhibits are now closed.


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All events are free to the public.

Oxnard Public Library

251 South A Street
Oxnard, CA

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm Sunday: 1pm - 5pm


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