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Channel Islands Maritime Museum

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Address: 3900 Bluefin Cir, Oxnard, CA 93035-4301
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 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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California
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54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 harbor views. Friendly docents. Easy free parking. Adjacent to linear harbor view parks, walks, village,... More 

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

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. More 

Ventura County Coast, California
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ahoy, matey! This little museum has an amazing collection of maritime paintings and models of ships. Many Dutch and Flemish artists are represented in the collection. They also have a 18th century canon, a collection of scrimshaw carvings and some very cool modern art. Docents are on duty to fill you in on the historical background of pieces in the... More 

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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 

Oxnard, California
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108 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here recently when we had out of town guests. Reasonably priced and the docent that showed us around was friendly and knowledgable without being overly detailed.....a great place to visit for locals or out of towners

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Sun City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of sailing in pictures and models. The selection and quality is of prime quality. A must see if you are in the area.

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Bear Valley Springs, California
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58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We usually stop by here when visiting the area. My kids and our dog came on this trip, and we had a good time. We love walking around the area and really enjoy this place!

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Thank you for your lovely review and for sharing your experience with others. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

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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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

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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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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