Exhibits

Current Exhibitions

100 Park Avenue, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

The multi-disciplinary Aliso Viejo Ranch project. It preserves and restores historically significant buildings, artifacts and farming implements from the 1800s and highlights the importance of the agricultural past of Orange County, the state of California and Western United States while demonstrating the future of sustainable agriculture and aquaponics.

Pre-site rehabilitation in 2019

Post-site rehabilitation in 2021

Laguna Hills Civic Center​

24035 El Toro Road | Laguna Hills, CA 92653

“The vaquero on horseback amid cattle brands display, is currently hanging on the feature wall in the Civic Center lobby, depicts the raising and branding of cattle, which was prevalent during the rancho period. Framing the display are branding irons from many famous historical figures, including Mexico’s last governor Pio Pico; Don Juan Avila, a former owner of vast amounts of land during the rancho period; and the branding irons of South Orange County historical icons Lewis Moulton, Richard O’Niell, Dwight Whiting and James Irvine.”

Don Juan Avila, John (Juan) Forster, and Jose Serrano
Dwight Whiting, Richard O'Neill, and Lewis Moulton
Nellie Gail Display Case - A history of the life of Nellie Gail in the lobby
Saddleback Mountains Pastoral Scene, c. 1930, Oil on board, Collection of Moulton Museum, 19" x 15"(2017.01.80)

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Southern Pacific was purchased by the directors of the Central Pacific, Leland Stanford, Collins P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker in September 1868. The Southern Pacific line was extended, with service operating to Delano in July 1873. This mode of transportation opened the West to a new group of pioneers.

Moulton Museum

25256 Cabot Rd, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 257-2205‬ | info@moultonmuseum.org

  • July 1 2022 – July 1, 2023

  • Opening Reception, Friday, July 1, 2022

We are taking tour reservations for our inaugural exhibition.

1874 was a historic year for the nation. It marked the opening of the Southern Pacific Railroad, General Custer led an expedition, the patenting of barbed wire and Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis jeans. The QWERTY keyboard was first used by Remington typewriter. Mr. & Mrs. Jesse James married, and President Ulysses S. Grant’s daughter, Nellie, married at the White House.


1874 was also a significant statewide year in Orange County history. Lewis F. Moulton decided to leave home at twenty years old on a daring adventure to California. His future business partner, Jean Pierre Daguerre, journey to California as a French Basque sheepherder. It was not an easy journey during those times as it required many forms of transportation. Lewis ventured into the west as an eager and formidable business man.

Portrait of Nellie Gail Moulton with California Seascape, c. 1968, Photo print with hand painted elements, Collection of Chapman University.

Jared Mathis, Mary Lee Lindquist, and Scott Barnes

Soka University

Soka University Founders Hall Art Gallery, Second Floor

1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

949-480-4000 | info@soka.edu

  • May 18 – September 8, 2023

  • Opening Reception, Thursday, May 18, 2023.

We are taking reservations for our traveling exhibitions such as The Art of Nellie Gail Moulton. Please request to speak with our curatorial team so that we can schedule our collection at your facility.

Past Exhibitions

The Art of Nellie Gail Moulton

Laguna College of Art + Design’s BFA program in Drawing + Painting presented THE ART OF NELLIE GAIL MOULTON, a retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings created by Nellie Gail Moulton (1878-1972). View our opening reception film.

415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

 March 13 –November 15, 2020

Closing Reception: Friday, November 13 @ 6-8 PM
Free! (RSVP Required)
Join us for the closing reception for Who Was Nellie Gail Moulton? Pioneer, Artist and so much more with complimentary wine and a performance by Jeremy Green.
Who was Nellie Gail Moulton? is underwritten by the Historical Collections Council of California Art with support from the Moulton Museum

Casa Romantica​

Laguna Woods History Center

24266 Calle Aragon, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

The Laguna Woods History Center honored Nellie Gail Moulton’s legacy with her artwork and Moulton Ranch artifacts along with Jane Barnes’ work, her granddaughter in October 2017.

The above segment of This Day, a program on Village Television, has Jared Mathis, Moulton Family Foundation CEO, and Catherine Brians, Laguna Woods History Center C.C.O. discussing the history of the Moulton Family and the Moulton Family Ranch (on which Laguna Woods is built) with host, Cyndee Whitney. They also talk about the Nellie Gail Moulton and Jane Barnes art exhibit.