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Channel Islands Maritime Museum

3900 Bluefin Cir, Oxnard, CA 93035
+1 805-984-6260
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Great exhibits, fabulous docents!

I've been coming here since it was the Ventura County Maritime Museum and absolutely love it. This... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
AprylDL
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Los Angeles, California
Different from other Maritime Museums I have been to

I recently moved to Oxnard and I got a flier advising me that the museum was free on 3rd Thursday... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Luckymomsocal
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El Granada, California
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The Museum’s collection is a treasure trove of maritime paintings, ship models, and artifacts that rival some of the finest European and U.S. collections. Sumptuous seascape paintings by 17th century Dutch masters, 18th and 19th century English Romantics, French Impressionist painter Boudin, and unparalleled contemporary maritime painters complement the finest museum-quality ship models on the West Coast, including the Marple Models: nine exquisite, highly detailed scratch-built warships; and intricate “bone models” carved by French soldiers held captive during the early 19th century Napoleonic wars. The Upper Deck hosts interactive contemporary exhibits, featured temporary exhibitions, art receptions, and engaging Third Thursday lectures. Museum windows look out over the Channel Islands Harbor’s passing sailboats and gorgeous views. The Channel Islands National Park sits just offshore, and the sea lions on the dock out front add tremendous character to the traffic stream. Visitors are invited to view the art on their own or take advantage of the museum’s knowledgeable, free guides. If your idea of a maritime museum is limited to rusty anchors and old salty sea dogs, come and discover a vibrant cultural venue in the Channel Islands Harbor that celebrated local maritime achievements through contemporary interactive exhibits and displays outstanding examples of centuries of fine art from around the world.
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3900 Bluefin Cir, Oxnard, CA 93035
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+1 805-984-6260
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I've been coming here since it was the Ventura County Maritime Museum and absolutely love it. This year I happily became a member. This is a must-visit for the maritime and history obsessed and for art lovers. The exhibits are fantastic and even better when...More

Thank AprylDL
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I recently moved to Oxnard and I got a flier advising me that the museum was free on 3rd Thursday of each month. So I thought I would give it a try. Other museums I have been to have more variety of nautical items. But...More

Thank Luckymomsocal
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Having been to the maritime museums in San Francisco and San Diego, where you walk through various interesting ships, we figured this would be something similar. Not true. This museums exhibits paintings and models, mostly of sailing ships. It is a very neat attraction, just...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My wife and I visited this museum and were really surprised with the facility. It is a small museum, but perfect for a family to visit. We completed seeing the museum in about an hour. There is a nice film (narrated by Kevin Costner) and...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2017

We visited the museum on a weekday. Bernie, a docent, offered us a tour and he certainly knew his subject. The museum's collection of maritime paintings and handmade ships is impressive. The museum had the fortune to be associated with a premier collector of maritime...More

Thank oogramm
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This museum is small and a little hard to find. But it is a treasure. The museum guides have so many really interesting stories and facts about early ships in general and they have fabulous models and exhibits. There is also a good amount of...More

Thank mnkbrown
Reviewed 21 October 2016

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum has a great location right on the water. World class art, paintings from Dutch masters to contemporary artists and an incredible collection of ship models, also scrimshaw art, whales and beautiful wall murals.. Friendly and knowledgeable docents - a must...More

Thank Connie K
Michele B, Tourism Director at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely review and for sharing your experience with others.

Reviewed 25 September 2016

The San Salvador, a replica Spanish Galleon built in San Diego, was docked at the Museum while on her debut sail along the California Coast. The Museum's docents were all very friendly and informative about the ship and about the Museum's collections. Though the Museum...More

Thank thebellcaptain
Michele B, Tourism Director at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review on Trip Advisor. All comments are welcome and appreciated. We look forward to having you back in the near future!

Reviewed 7 September 2016

This museum is a great place to take kids and family to learn about our Channel Islands. Great Staff, nominal prices and alot of cool maritime treasures and history

Thank Michelle R
Michele B, Tourism Director at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2016

Thank you so much for your very kind words and for posting your review on Trip Advisor. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to having you back in the near future.

Reviewed 16 August 2016

A hit at old location across the harbor but even more spectacular in new state-of-the-art museum on Harbor Blvd. Famous for classic ships paintings and models. History of local harbor and deep water port. State of the art interactive displays. Faces main channel with great...More

Thank seamusb
Michele B, Tourism Coordinator at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2016

Thank you so much for your very kind words and for posting your review on Trip Advisor. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to having you back in the near future.

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