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Channel Islands Maritime Museum Opens

posted: 11/19/2012
Ribbon Cutting -- Present at the opening ceremony for the new Channel Islands Maritime Museum were (from left) Gloria Mason, William Buenger, Pablo Ortiz, Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long, California State Sen. Fran Pavely, Jonathan Sharkey, Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza, Harbor Commissioner Mary Rooney, museum executive director Gene Harter and Pat Hart. -- Channel Islands Maritime Museum/Ron Sam photo
CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR -- Under sunny skies, a large crowd of visitors, guests, museum staff members and docents celebrated the grand opening of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum (formerly the Ventura County Maritime Museum), with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 30.            

Surrounded by local dignitaries, museum executive director Gene Harter said, “It’s a great day for the harbor and the local community -- and the museum.”            

Situated harborside at 3900 Bluefin Circle, on the west side of Channel Islands Harbor, the exhibit space showcases a wide variety of original maritime artwork, ship models and other visitor attractions. The building offers both harbor and mountain views.            

Open to the public daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the new larger location has expanded capacity for new and traveling exhibits, as well as the ability to accommodate larger student groups that can come to learn about the local maritime heritage.            

For more information, visit or call (805) 984-6260.

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