Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center

Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center The Wieghorst Museum preserves the work of Olaf Wieghorst, a great American twentieth century painter, and celebrates the heritage of the American West through his art.
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The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center is located at: 131 Rea Ave El Cajon, CA 92020-3918 (619) 590-3431

The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center is located at: 131 Rea Ave El Cajon, CA 92020-3918 (619) 590-3431

Mission: The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center in El Cajon, California, honors the accomplished artist who lived in our community for more than 40 years.

Operating as usual

Save the Dates!
02/06/2021

Save the Dates!

For those of you who generously gave to support the Olaf Wieghorst Museum Foundation last year we remind you that contri...
01/02/2021
Special $300 tax deduction helps most people give to charity this year – even if they don’t itemize | Internal Revenue Service

For those of you who generously gave to support the Olaf Wieghorst Museum Foundation last year we remind you that contributions up to $300 are deductible on your 2020 tax returns even if you do not itemize.

The 2020 CARES Act provides individual taxpayers, even those who take the standard deduction amount, an "above-the-line" deduction of up to $300 for cash/check/credit card/debit card donations during 2020!

For more information see:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/special-300-tax-deduction-helps-most-people-give-to-charity-this-year-even-if-they-dont-itemize?fbclid=IwAR0YtYlalsKfkz13LnyyXzcWv6I0-fMBi9zKVTVZNYtnmEfD6fJao84t1J4

IR-2020-264, November 25, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.

There is a Danish tradition of feeding the nisse – a small bearded elf – on Christmas Eve with a sweet porridge topped w...
12/22/2020
Danish Christmas dessert no. 1

There is a Danish tradition of feeding the nisse – a small bearded elf – on Christmas Eve with a sweet porridge topped with butter. Young Olaf Wieghosrt would have been well aware of the tradition for it fell on children to set out the treat.

In the late 1800’s a version of the traditional dessert was served by the famous Danish hotel d’Angleterre. Known as Risalamande, it is a rice pudding, sprinkled with almonds and topped with cherry sauce. It is served in every Danish home on Christmas Eve.

If you would like to try this wonderful dessert you can find a recipe at
https://food-and-garden.com/danish-christmas-dessert/

Should you ever visit Denmark at Christmas time, you are bound to try the Danish Christmas dessert Risalamande. Risalamande is a dessert made of rice pudding, whipped cream, vanilla and almonds, and it is served in every home on Christmas Eve. Recipe for Risalamande. The word Risalamande originates....

We are pleased to announce The Olaf Wieghorst Museum was named among the top 25 museums in San Diego County by the San D...
12/17/2020

We are pleased to announce The Olaf Wieghorst Museum was named among the top 25 museums in San Diego County by the San Diego Union Tribune.

With over 12,000 non-profit organizations in San Diego County, 366 were selected as best in their field. The fields included organizations devoted to Arts, Culture and Humanities, Health, Education, Human Services and the Environment.

The Olaf Wieghorst Museum Foundation placed 21st in the museum category determined by revenue, expenses and assets. We ranked #2 among museums with five or fewer employees.

We wish to thank our sponsors, friends and loyal supporters. You made this happen.

With your continued support, we plan to bring you new programs and initiatives in 2021.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune 2021 Nonprofit Guide published Sunday, December 6, 2020.

The State of California has issued a Regional Stay Home Order that affects San Diego County, beginning Monday, December ...
12/07/2020
Reopening

The State of California has issued a Regional Stay Home Order that affects San Diego County, beginning Monday, December 7th. It prohibits private gatherings of any size and closes museums along with other facilities.

In keeping with best practices, the Olaf Wieghorst Museum will be closed through the holidays. We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope to see you in the New Year.

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/reopening.html

All business or activities allowed to open have restrictions on how they operate. Before reopening, you need to take the following steps.

The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center mourns the passing of Barbara Jean Wieghorst on September 26, 2020...
10/29/2020

The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center mourns the passing of Barbara Jean Wieghorst on September 26, 2020. She and her husband, Ray, were active supporters and members of the Museum's board of directors since the organization was founded thirty years ago.

Barbara shared her community activism with several other organizations most notably with the Angels of Aseltine Auxiliary where she was an active member. The Auxiliary supports the work of the Aseltine School .

Barbara's class and her smile will be missed by us all.

The Wieghorst Museum has been named one of the Top 10 Western Art Museums for 2020 by the True West Magazine. These ten ...
10/21/2020

The Wieghorst Museum has been named one of the Top 10 Western Art Museums for 2020 by the True West Magazine. These ten museums were called the “best of the best” for “lovers of Western art, Western history and Western museums.”

We are grateful to be listed alongside other outstanding western art museums. The top 10 are:

• The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY
• CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT
• Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
• Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
• A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, Trinidad, CO
• Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center
• Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE
• Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
• Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, Ridgedale, MO
• Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, Taos, NM

True West Magazine is the world’s oldest, continuously published Western American magazine. It celebrates western heritage and is dedicated to keeping the spirit of the old west alive.

If you are not familiar with True West Magazine, you can learn more at True West Magazine.

Join us for an open air workshop with the quick-witted, flamboyant artist, Chuck McPherson.McPherson will share his thou...
10/09/2020

Join us for an open air workshop with the quick-witted, flamboyant artist, Chuck McPherson.

McPherson will share his thoughts about painting in mixed media and demonstrate in watercolor from 9:00am to 10am.

Attending artists are free to paint around the Garden with artist input available until noon.

Workshop Focus: Expressive painting in plein air (Watercolor and Mixed Media)
Location: Wieghorst Museum Cactus Garden
131 Rea Avenue, El Cajon
When: Saturday, October 17, 2020 9:00 AM to noon

Cost: Members $30.00 Non-Members $35.00
Parking: Free

A presentation of the East County Art Association

With relaxing of COVID restrictions, museums are coming back!  We take your safety seriously and have taken proactive me...
10/07/2020

With relaxing of COVID restrictions, museums are coming back!

We take your safety seriously and have taken proactive measures to ensure the well-being of our guests, staff and volunteers.

The museum is open Friday and Saturday,10 AM to 3 PM.

We are also opening our gates for out-of-doors events.

Appointments may be scheduled for small group visits at other times by contacting Mike Bostwick (619) 277-5798 or John Stauffer (619) 990-4536

We are so glad you have continued to support us in these troubled times. We urge you to stay tuned for events and happenings as we create new opportunities for artists young and old to participate with us.

Masks and social distancing required.

Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center's cover photo
09/16/2019

Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center's cover photo

Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center's cover photo
09/16/2019

Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center's cover photo

Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center's cover photo
07/09/2019

Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center's cover photo

We had a full house! The Sip & Paint class was so much fun. Thanks to our instructor, Katie, for making us feel like we ...
05/02/2019

We had a full house! The Sip & Paint class was so much fun. Thanks to our instructor, Katie, for making us feel like we actually had talent. Good company and good fun. Stay tuned. We'll do it again in the fall.

The cactus garden is coming to life with blooms galore.
05/02/2019

The cactus garden is coming to life with blooms galore.

If you are a collector or want to start, this is a great deal. This is just a few of the prints and plates the museum is...
05/02/2019

If you are a collector or want to start, this is a great deal. This is just a few of the prints and plates the museum is offering for sale - some as low as $25.00. Don't let this get away from you.

You don't want to miss this. Some great stuff here!
04/24/2019

You don't want to miss this. Some great stuff here!

Come by the Museum and see this exhibit of Storyteller Dolls before it's too late. They will be shown through March 30th...
03/14/2019

Come by the Museum and see this exhibit of Storyteller Dolls before it's too late. They will be shown through March 30th. Many thanks to the friend of the museum that has lent these charming dolls to the Museum to share.

This lovely drawing was found while going through some of our old files. We thought you might enjoy it. This was sketche...
02/27/2019

This lovely drawing was found while going through some of our old files. We thought you might enjoy it. This was sketched by Mary Redding in 1999 and donated to the Foundation. She drew this prior to all the ivy being removed. We applaud her x-ray vision.

Photos from Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center's post
05/07/2018

Photos from Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center's post

Come on over to the Wieghorst Museum and view our latest artist exhibit “Dare to be Different” by local San Diego Art Gu...
05/06/2018

Come on over to the Wieghorst Museum and view our latest artist exhibit “Dare to be Different” by local San Diego Art Guild. Now through May 28.

04/28/2018

Please join the Wieghorst Museum for the opening of our newest artists exhibit “Dare to be Different”, now through May 28.

Join us this afternoon (Saturday, April 28) for the opening reception: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Wine/beer and light appetizers. Open to the public. Please join us to enjoy some beautiful pieces of art that are also for sale.

Olaf’s wife Mae , (Mabel) was a collector of beautiful turquoise jewelry. Here are some we have on display in the Museum...
04/01/2018

Olaf’s wife Mae , (Mabel) was a collector of beautiful turquoise jewelry. Here are some we have on display in the Museum.

This is one of five sculptures Olaf created.
03/16/2018

This is one of five sculptures Olaf created.

Another of Olaf’s originals on exhibit at the Wieghorst Museum.
03/15/2018

Another of Olaf’s originals on exhibit at the Wieghorst Museum.

03/14/2018
03/06/2018
As most people who are familiar with Olaf know, he appeared in two movies with John Wayne, “El Dorado” and “McLintock”. ...
03/06/2018

As most people who are familiar with Olaf know, he appeared in two movies with John Wayne, “El Dorado” and “McLintock”. In the opening credits from “El Dorado” many of Olaf’s paintings were featured. One being “Salt River Canyon”. We are fortunate to have this original as part of our permanent collection now on display in the Museum.

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131 Rea Ave
El Cajon, CA
92020

General information

Museum Hours: Wednesday 10am - 3pm Thursday 8am - 1pm Friday 10am - 3pm Saturday by appointment, see website Call (619) 590-3431 for information. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Link to membership: http://www.wieghorstmuseum.org/Membership/membership.html

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My mom was a 19-year old receptionist in El Cajon when Olaf sketched this for her in 1958. I'm now learning all about Mr. Wieghorst's art and I'm fascinated. I need to display this piece in my home!
I just purchased 1 of his works. Was so happy to get it.
You folks really need to utilize this page as a way to get the word out about your wonderful museum and organization. I just found out that you are having a fund raiser in December bbut I don't see anything here about it. I drove by today and it looked like something was going on, and no word here. Was the music from your building or another? Maybe post when you are open? Are you having holiday hours? Suggesting people come in to shop? Just trying to help.
I see this Olaf item is up for auction soon. Joel
Sue Rogers check out this museum.
The Bronk, piece given to my mother Eleanor Hurst
Olaf and my mother Eleanor Hurst at a show in El Cajon