Featured Exhibition

A quarterly rotating exhibition in the Brenda & Gary Farr Presentation Gallery, on the Upper Deck at CIMM. 

january 9 - march 26, 2017

opening reception thursday january 25 from 5pm - 7pm

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum presents Love Letters Home, an exhibition that explores different ways in which sailors and soldiers corresponded with their loved ones waiting back home. This exhibit features letters written by Donald Brug, a Ventura native who enlisted in the Army during the 1950s, and later sailed around the world during the 1960s. CIMM is also proud to display artifacts on loan from the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme. On display are various pieces known as “trench art”, objects made by sailors from found or recovered materials. The Seabees will celebrate their 75th anniversary in March 2017. 

In the not-so-distant past, hearing from a loved one could take days, months, or even years. Separation and the longing it produced was an ever-present reality for these men, women and children of both maritime and wartime families. Letters and objects sent back home became a means of remembrance for separated families. This exhibit explores the common themes found in correspondence from sailors in the past and today: loneliness, separation, hardship, and endurance. These letters, along with mementoes, gifts, and souvenirs serve as keepsakes and reminders of affection and love over the miles.

previous exhibitions

designs from the deep: The architecture of the shell

October 10, 2016 - January 1, 2017


June 27, 2016 - October 2, 2016 

Ed Cristál Retrospective: His Life as an Artist

May 9 - June 19, 2016

25th Annual oxnard union high school exhibit

April 4 - April 26, 2016

floating stories, ancient waves

January 11 - March 27, 2016

Marple Deconstructed: The Evolution of a Master

October 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016