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Channel Islands Maritime Museum

3900 Bluefin Cir, Oxnard, CA 93035
+1 805-984-6260
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Spectacular Little Museum

When I moved back to the beach after a 20+ year absence, I was excited to go out and explore the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Robin K
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Don't Miss this Place

This museum has a phenomenal collection of sailing ships artwork that are incredible. Many by... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
richard c
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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3900 Bluefin Cir, Oxnard, CA 93035
+1 805-984-6260
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When I moved back to the beach after a 20+ year absence, I was excited to go out and explore the area. I was surprise to see that Port Royale, one of my old haunts, now housed a maritime museum. My husband and I paid...More

Thank Robin K
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

This museum has a phenomenal collection of sailing ships artwork that are incredible. Many by European masters. Likewise there is also an unbelievable collection of model sailing ships with incredible detail. Even if your not big on maritime collections this is still very much worth...More

1  Thank richard c
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This small museum is quite a gem found right on the marina and near all the shops and restaurants. On the ground level you can see exhibitions of points of interest and various animals, birds etc of the area and/or Channel Islands and also a...More

Thank Shoshana H
Reviewed 23 August 2017

I read reviews on TripAdvisor as I always do when I visit a new area. The reviews were so right. It is a nice gem of a museum. There are lots of incredible model ships representing historical ships. Edward Marple's (a local master model ship...More

Thank Jola O
Reviewed 26 June 2017

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 22 June 2017

Okay, this review is a bit misleading since the museum at Channel Islands is not offered as a location to review on TripAdvisor. However, the maritime history of the area is part of the Channel Islands National Park legacy. The museum offers an EXCELLENT view...More

Thank Docster66
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

1  Thank cwalter2014
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
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