The Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum is the hub of Ontario’s cultural offerings. It celebrates the area’s early settlers and the convergence of the four local rivers: Snake, Malheur, Owyhee and Payette. An assortment of programs, exhibits, and events are presented throughout the year at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. Guests who tour the museum gain knowledge about the Japanese-Americans, Basques, Hispanics, Europeans and Northern Paiute who established themselves in the region throughout the past decade. In addition, the gift shop carries a wide arrangement of souvenirs and one-of-a-kind items.
Housed alongside the Four Rivers Cultural Center is the Hikaru Mizu Garden; this Japanese garden is a memorial to the local Japanese-American interns during World War II and those who fought in the war for America. The garden promotes itself as a sanctuary of peace, encouraging visitors to reflect on the past, contemplate the future and enjoy the present.
The Meyer-McLean Performing Arts Theater seats 645 persons and displays entertainment productions such as musicals, concerts and symphonies. The Four Rivers Cultural Center also boasts an 18,000 square-foot conference center that can accommodate up to 700 people. Whatever the occasion, Ontario’s cultural center is more than willing to bring the community together!