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Ventura County Maritime Museum
Channel Islands Harbor
2731 South Victoria Avenue
Oxnard, California 93035
Voice: 805-984-6260

Hours 11 to 5 daily except Christmas

The Museum houses one of the two largest collections of antique Prisoner of War sailing ship models in the United States, including seven rare bone models made by French prisoners of the British in the 18th century. Ship models trace more than 3000 years of maritime history, from reed boats used by Peruvian fisherman and tools made by the local Chumash natives to modern-day car carriers, including the entire life's work and workshop of Ed Marple, one of America's foremost ship model builders. The Museum also has an extensive and world-class marine art collection, featuring works by the Dutch and Flemish masters, 17th century marine artists Willem van de Velde and Bonaventura Peters, and noted modern day artists John Stobart, Montague Dawson, David Thimgan, Roy Cross, and others. Exhibits on whaling, sailor's arts, navigation instruments, and the history of Channel Islands Harbor and Port Hueneme, the only deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, round out the permanent collection. Special topical and featured guest artist exhibitions are presented on an ongoing basis.

The Museum welcomes about 25,000 visitors annually from all over the United States, as well as from more than 30 foreign countries. The Elementary Education Program, staffed entirely by volunteers, conducts in-house tours for thousands of elementary school students each year. Our At Sea Education program supports three-day youth sailing expeditions onboard working tall ships. Special group tours are available by prior arrangement.



Pictures and information were provided by the Ventura County Maritime Museum

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