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Channel Islands Maritime Museum

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3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
www.cimmvc.org

September 2017

Maritime Museum Speakers Series

September 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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The Channel Islands Maritime Museum presents “The Sheik and The Shriek of Araby, A Film History of Hollywood-By-The-Sea”, with writer and local historian Richard Senate. For 22 years Senate worked as historian and historical interpreter for the city of Ventura.   He has studied film history and films made in Ventura County and that includes “The Sheik”, a low budget film with, a hard to work with actor, Rudolph Valentino.  It proved to be a hit!  It was made in the…

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November 2017

Field Trip: Fun at the Maritime Museum

November 10, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Front entrance at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Visit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and enjoy hands-on activities, which include Search and Find, I Spy, Measuring a Whale, Decoding Signal Flags, view ship models and more. Picnic tables are available on the patio for lunch. Call (805) 984-6260 to set up reservations for your group.

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June 2018

Father’s Day Wooden Boat and Classic Car Show

June 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Father’s Day Wooden Boat and Classic Car Show

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to host the 3rd Annual - From Tree to the Sea: Father's Day Wooden Boat and Classic Car Show - an event of the most enjoyable and rustic variety! Sunday, June 17th. It will feature a series of classic wooden boats on display for everyone to enjoy from 12 pm to 4 pm. These stunning wooden vessels of yesteryear will grace the dock behind CIMM! Participate in fun toy boat races, games, and…

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July 2018

4th Annual Chowderfest

July 22, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Crowds mill at the annual Chowderfest

Select local restaurants will compete for the title of “Ventura County’s Best Chowder” at the Fourth Annual CHOWDERFEST on Sunday, July 22, 2018, 2-6pm at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 93035. FREE Chowder Samples, Wine Tastings, and Desserts. Cost: $25 Pre-Sale Ticket and $30 at the door A competition judged by both professional judges and guests, chowder tastings are complimented by wine tastings from local wineries and fine craft beer provided by Firestone Walker Brewery.…

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October 2018

Hikianalia Arrival & Welcoming Ceremony

October 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Hikianalia arrival & welcoming ceremony © 2018 Polynesian Voyaging Society - Photo: 'ŌIWI TV • Photographer: Kaimana Pinē

Watch the Hikianalia as it enters the Harbor. Kayakers, canoers, and paddleboarders are welcome to follow Hikianalia in. After the Hikianalia enters, join members of the Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Mission Indians (Chumash) and the Hawaiian community to welcome the crew at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.

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Hikianalia Crew Presentation & Talk Story

October 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Hikianalia crew presentation & talk story

Come talk story with the crew! The crew calls their presentations “talk story” sessions because they are a great way to ask questions and interact with crew members. Open to the public on a first-come, first-registered basis, the presentations are for people of all ages interested in voyaging, traditional wayfinding, Hawaiian culture and engaging dialog about how we can all mālama honua, care for our Island Earth. This is a free family- friendly event. SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT. PLEASE…

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Dockside Hikianalia Tours at the Maritime Museum

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Dockside Hikianalia Tours at the Maritime Museum

Ever wonder what it's like to sail, navigate and live for weeks at sea aboard a Hawaiian voyaging canoe? Come and tour the canoe and meet the voyagers. Hikianalia crewmembers will be hosting dockside open-house canoe tours and welcomes families and people of all ages to visit this very unique canoe.

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December 2018

Holiday Mast Lighting at the Maritime Museum

December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A carving of a wooden fisherman holding up his catch is diplayed outside CIMM

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to start a new tradition at the Harbor; The Holiday Lighting of the 75-foot “Tallship Mast” in front of the museum. The event will take place on December 8 at 6 p.m. before the start of the 53rd annual Parade of Lights. There will be carolers, sing-alongs, a visit from Santa and the official Lighting of the Mast, which will shine nightly through the Holiday Season. EVERYONE is invited to this free event!…

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January 2019

Hawaiian Chieftain Visits Channel Islands Harbor

January 30, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Two tall ships docked in the harbor at sunset

Hawaiian Chieftain, a gaff-rigged topsail ketch build in Lahaina, Maui, will visit the Channel Islands Harbor from Jan. 30th to Feb. 12th. This beautiful ship will be docked near the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and offer vessel tours, a natural history sail, and adventure sails. A crew of 10-14 people will be on board both vessels to answer questions and tell you what you need to know about this beauty. Visiting this tall ship is a perfect way to spend…

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February 2019

Art Comes Alive!

February 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until February 17, 2019

Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A reenactor at Channel Islands Maritime Museum in front of a large model ship

Visitors of all ages will enjoy an assortment of maritime mysteries associated with the life and times of historical characters, portrayed by volunteers in period costume, and hear stories about the fascinating maritime heritage surrounded by rare and beautiful paintings dating back to the 1600s. This family-friendly event includes activities for children!

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Channel Islands Maritime Museum Free Admission Day

February 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until February 21, 2019

Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Front entrance at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Admission to CIMM is FREE on the third Thursday of every month - sponsored by Edison International. Enjoy your visit! Please have 1 adult for every 4 children visiting. Guided tours may be limited due to the larger crowds that attend free Thursday. As you enjoy your visit, think about becoming a CIMM member! Members enjoy free entrance to many events and exhibits here at CIMM. Unfortunately, we cannot accept school or other large groups of children, without a ratio…

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June 2019

From Tree to the Sea: Wooden Boat Show

June 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A classic wooden boat anchored in the harbor, white with chrome and laqueryed wooden trim, weather worn deck

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to host the 3rd Annual From Tree to the Sea: Father's Day Wooden Boat Show and Classic Cars - an event of the most enjoyable and rustic variety! It will feature a series of stunning and classic wooden boats on display for everyone to enjoy from noon to 4 p.m. Participate in engaging maritime activities such as toy boat races, family friendly activities and even a selection of classic cars will be here…

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2019 From Tree to the Sea: Wooden Boat Show and Classic Cars

June 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A classic wooden boat, white with laquered cherry trim, pictured outside CIMM

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to host the 4th Annual From Tree to the Sea: Father’s Day Wooden Boat Show and Classic Cars – an event of the most enjoyable and rustic variety! It will feature a series of stunning and classic wooden boats on display for everyone to enjoy from noon to 4 p.m. Participate in engaging maritime activities such as toy boat races, family friendly activities and even a selection of classic cars will be here to view…

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Channel Islands Harbor Academy – Marketing & Promotions

June 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A carving of a wooden fisherman holding up his catch is diplayed outside CIMM

Channel Islands Harbor Academy is an outreach effort designed to educate residents about the Ventura County Harbor Department, key issues, and its staff. The Harbor Academy consists of several monthly workshops that cover operational aspects of the Harbor – finances, planning & development, patrol & maintenance, the Channel Islands Boating Center and marketing & promotions. The fifth and final workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum,…

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August 2019

5th Annual Chowderfest at Channel Islands Harbor

August 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Sunday August 4th 2019 - Chowderfest CIMM

The EVENT OF THE SUMMER in Channel Islands Harbor features local restaurants competing for the honor of “Best Seafood Chowder.” Guests can enjoy chowder tastings as well as side dishes from restaurants, wine tastings, craft beer from Firestone Walker Brewery, and live music Proceeds from Chowderfest enable the museum to continue as a cultural gem in our beach community, displaying a world-class collection of maritime art, dynamic temporary exhibits, and providing education programs for area students. Chowderfest is an annual…

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San Salvador Dockside Tours

August 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 2, 2019

Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A crowd queues to tour the San Salvador

As part of its 2019 Pacific Heritage Tour, the San Salvador will be at the Channel Islands Harbor from Aug. 30 – Sept. 4, docked near the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. During its visit, interested visitors can take a dockside tour or book a 3-hour day sail. The last time the San Salvador visited the Channel Islands Harbor was Sept. 2016. From Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019, the public has the opportunity to book a visit and take a…

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September 2019

San Salvador Sailing Adventure

September 3, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:30 am, repeating until September 4, 2019

Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Promotional image of tall-ship the San Salvador, silhouetted by the setting sun

As part of its 2019 Pacific Heritage Tour, the San Salvador will be at the Channel Islands Harbor from Aug. 30 – Sept. 4, docked near the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. During its visit, interested visitors can take a dockside tour or book a 3-hour day sail. The last time the San Salvador visited the Channel Islands Harbor was Sept. 2016. On Sept. 3 and 4, 2019 the San Salvador will be offering 3-hour day sails. Tickets range from $49-$99.…

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December 2019

2019 Holiday Lighting of the Tall Ship Mast

December 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Brochure: Holiday Lighting of the Tall Ship Mast at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

At 5 p.m., head over to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and watch the Holiday Lighting of the 75-foot “Tallship Mast” in front of the museum.  Enjoy live music and sing-along to Holiday favorites.   At 6:30 p.m. Santa will arrive to flip the switch and light up the Mast. This event takes place just before the Parade of Lights starts.

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February 2020

Travel the World with Art Comes Alive!

February 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on February 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Art Comes Alive! At the Maritime Museum

Art Comes Alive! brings Maritime models and paintings to life with the help of live characters. Visitors have the unique opportunity to interact and speak with characters from many ages of Maritime history. Join the Channel Islands Maritime Museum on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, noon to 4 p.m. as friends of the museum dress up in costume and activate the spirit of various paintings, ship models, and time periods featured in the pieces on display in the…

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May 2021

Art of the Sailor Exhibition at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

May 13, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Beginning May 13, 2021, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) will be presenting its latest exhibition “Art of the Sailor” in its Brenda and Gary Farr Gallery. When sailors left their homes to voyage across the sea, oftentimes they faced dangerous and extreme working conditions, horribly cramped quarters, and a journey that could stretch months to years. When stuck in these difficult and wearisome circumstances, some sailors used art to express themselves. “Art of the Sailor” will feature a unique…

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June 2021

Father’s Day Celebration at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

June 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A classic wooden boat, white with laquered cherry trim, pictured outside CIMM

Enjoy viewing classic cars and boats at the water's edge.  A Nautical Sale includes old books, ship models, art, tools and more.  All outdoor activities are free.   Inside the Museum tour beautiful and historical maritime art works, models and exhibits.  Learn about the Chumash people, early explorers and their tools and pastimes. Children receive a special activity packet. Regular Admission applies inside the Museum; Active military members and their families plus children under 6 are free. For more info, please call…

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July 2021

2021 Speaker Series at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

July 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Channel Islands Maritime Museum is proud to host its July Speaker Series “Rolling in the Deep Sea: Exploring Coral and Sponge Communities on the West Coast. The guest speaker will be Lizzie Duncan, research ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. It’s likely no surprise that corals and sponges are critical foundation species that provide numerous benefits to humans. But, did you know that the majority of coral species live in the frigid…

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August 2021

2021 Harbor Search and Find Cruise

August 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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As part of its 30th-anniversary activities, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum will be sponsoring a Search & Find Harbor Cruise from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Electric boats and dinghies less than 25 feet are invited to participate in this fun "Search & Find" mission. Participants will enjoy a Museum visit, a harbor cruise with a mission, and the chance to win some great prizes. Pre-registration is required with a $30 donation/per boat to the…

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2021 Speaker Series at the Maritime Museum: “Island Explorations with Chuck Graham”

August 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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The Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is happy to announce that acclaimed photographer and writer Chuck Graham will be its featured speaker for August. Chuck Graham has been paddling and photographing the Channel Islands for the past 25 years. A freelance writer and photographer, Mr. Graham will be sharing some of his favorite moments from his years of exploring the beauty and wildlife on and around the islands. Mr. Graham’s work has been published in Backpacker, BBC Wildlife Magazine, National…

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October 2021

Channel Islands Maritime Museum 2021 Film Showcase – “Home Waters: Coastal Communities and Maritime Traditions”

October 9, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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The Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is happy to announce its first film showcase event, “Home Waters: Coastal Communities and Maritime Traditions,” a selection of four short films. Through animation, cinema verite, and classic documentary formats, four directors take us across North America and Canada to explore coastal indigenous lifeways. In “Now Is the Time'' and “Homecoming: Journey to Limuw” we see the revival of ancestral Haida and Chumash traditions after the impact of colonization. In “Lake” we watch a…

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November 2021

Harbor Department Director Meet & Greet

November 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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The Channel Islands Maritime Museum will host a meet and greet reception for newly hired Ventura County Harbor Department Director Michael Tripp. The meet and greet event will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Please visit this link to RSVP to the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-greet-harbor-director-michael-tripp-at-the-maritime-museum-tickets-194805477427?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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December 2021

2021 Holiday Mast Lighting at the Maritime Museum

December 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A crowd gathered to watch the 2019 Holiday Lighting of the Tall Ship Mast

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to continue its tradition at the Harbor; The Holiday Lighting of the 75-foot “Tallship Mast” in front of the museum. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on December 11, just before before the start of the 55th annual Parade of Lights. The mast will be lit at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music, a visit from Santa, and the official Lighting of the Mast, which will shine…

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March 2022

Channel Islands Maritime Museum Speaker Series Presents an Evening with Jeff Maulhardt

March 16, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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A carving of a wooden fisherman holding up his catch is diplayed outside CIMM

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is happy to announce that acclaimed local author and Oxnard historian Jeffrey Maulhardt will be its featured speaker for March 2022. Jeffrey’s presentation on “Preserving History Through Books and a Museum” will explore the history of Oxnard and his role of founder in the creation of the Oxnard Historic Farm Park Foundation. Jeffrey will also be discussing his most recent book “Oxnard (Past and Present).” As early as 1910, Oxnard was known as the…

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June 2022

2022 Classics by the Sea at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

June 19, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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The Channel Islands Maritime Museum will be a hub of activity and fun on Father’s Day, June 19, 2022, as it celebrates the day with “Classics by the Sea.” This family-friendly event will feature a wonderful display of woodies and classic cars of all vintages, many one-of-a-kind, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Museum will also be hosting its unique annual maritime treasure sale including used books, ship models and art. The event will feature live music and food…

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August 2022

Channel Islands Maritime Museum August Speaker Series: Charles Vinick

August 17, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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The Channel Islands Maritime Museum Speaker Series is pleased to announce that Charles Vinick, the Executive Director of The Whale Sanctuary Project, will be its featured speaker on August 17 at 7 p.m. Mr. Vinick will speak about the Project and its work to establish a coastal sanctuary where cetaceans (whales and dolphins) can live in an environment that maximizes well-being and autonomy and is as close as possible to their natural habitat. A member of the Whale Sanctuary Project Board…

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Watercolors & Wine Art Class

August 27, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Join the Channel Islands Maritime Museum for an artistic afternoon of Watercolors & Wine! Local artist and creative Christine May Brand (whose work is featured at BlueFin Gifts) will be leading a watercolors class on the Museum patio on Saturday, August 27, from 4 pm until 6 pm. Explore several fun watercolor techniques and learn the basics while discovering your own painting style and inspiration from jellyfish! Prior watercolor experience is not necessary to enjoy this workshop. Tickets are $65…

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September 2022

Channel Islands Maritime Museum Welcomes Corinne Heyning Laverty to the CIMM Speaker Series

September 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is pleased to welcome author Corinne Heyning Laverty to its next Speaker Series event on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. She will be speaking on her remarkable book North America’s Galapagos: The Historic Channel Islands Biological Survey.  This book recounts the story of a group of researchers, naturalists, adventurers, cooks, immigrants, and scientifically curious teenagers who came together in the late 1930s to embark upon a series of ambitious expeditions never before, or since, attempted. Their…

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October 2022

Spooky Maritime Scavenger Hunt

October 29, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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In celebration of Channel Islands Harbor’s Parade of Frights on October 29th, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) and the tall ship Mystic Whaler will be hosting a Spooky Maritime Scavenger Hunt from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on that day. The scavenger hunt will take visitors through the museum exploring maritime oddities and superstitions while on a quest for treasure (candy!). Children will receive a free Channel Islands Harbor reusable trick-or-treat bag courtesy of Channel Islands Harbor (while supplies…

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December 2022

2022 Mast Lighting at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

December 3, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
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The Channel Islands Maritime Museum will again host the Holiday Lighting of the Tall Ship Mast from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 3, 2022  in the Museum’s outdoor courtyard. Instead of a typical tree lighting ceremony, Santa will arrive at 7 p.m. and with the crowd’s encouragement, kick off the holiday season by lighting up the Museum’s tall ship mast. Live music by the Coco Knots will start at 5:30 p.m. and will include sing-alongs to holiday favorites.…

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