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Channel Islands Maritime Museum

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Address: 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 93035
Phone Number: 18059846260
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum’s collection is a treasure trove of maritime paintings, ship...

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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A Well-done Visitor Center with Great Explanatory Movie

This mainland visitor center explains the evolutionary change made by island plants and animals, which became endangered due to introduction of mainland predators. After island... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This mainland visitor center explains the evolutionary change made by island plants and animals, which became endangered due to introduction of mainland predators. After island protection and removal of non-native predators, island animals and plants are making a come-back.

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Oxnard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite places to take friends as well as young people. Beautiful setting, excellent displays, gorgeous artwork and friendly docents!

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Tualatin, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was impressed with the collection in this museum. Besides for all the models of ships in the collection, there are paintings dating back from the 1600's. There are also some local artifacts. And the fact that there were sea lions on the dock behind the museum added to our enjoyment. I recommend a visit.

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled on this during our local bike ride. We were fascinated with all of the miniature ships and history. Well worth the cheap entry fee. Docents were very knowledgeable and eager to talk!

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This a two story new building of collection of marine related painting art with beautiful frames. Glass cages that display different historic ships, vessels and many more. Also, they museum will display some other exhibitions from local hight school, local artist, art schools etc. There is a $5 entrance per adult. Clean restrooms. there is gift shop behind the entrance... More 

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Michele B, Tourism Coordinatior at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this review

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! More 

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This little museum on the Harbourfront in Oxnard sees few visitors, but is rewarding if you are interested in model ships or ship paintings.

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Michele B, Tourism Coordinator at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind words and for posting your review on Trip Advisor. We look forward to having you back in the near future. More 

Oxnard, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

A small museum that features a very nice collection of scale model ships of historic vessels and some nice engravings and paintings of famous naval battles. I wouldn't put it on par with the Smithsonian or LACMA, but its got some really nice scale models. For anyone that loves tiny sized ships, this would be a fun stop. Great for... More 

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Michele B, Tourism Coordinator at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this review

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

Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

My husband and I stopped for an impromptu visit at the channel Islands Maritime Museum recently. We walk past it almost every day - but usually after it is already closed. We arrived late - around 4 pm, so we only had an hour to view the museum. We thought it would be sufficient. We were wrong. The museum isn't... More 

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Michele B, Tourism Coordinator at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking a bit of time from your busy schedule to tell people about your experience at Channel Islands Maritime Museum. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Santa Maria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

We had a very nice visit to the museum when they had a February event. They "early American" people were very helpful and we learned a lot. We will be back... you cannot see and take it all in with just one visit.

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Michele B, Tourism Coordinator at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this review

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! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

This museum has a very special collection of historic ship models, special paintings and local history notes. There is lots of information about ships and shipping, along with custom events at the museum

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Michele B, Tourism Coordinator at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind words and for posting your review on Trip Advisor. We look forward to having you back in the near future. More 

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