LOWER DECK GALLERIES
Seascape masterpiece paintings by Dutch, English, and French artists from 1600 to 1850, as well as world-class ship models from the same time period.
- Le Havre, Bassin De L’eure painted in 1872 by Eugene-Louis Boudin (1824-1898), who was mentor to famed Impressionist Claude Monet.
- The oldest painting in the CIMM collection painted in 1622, Dutch Men-of-War off a Rocky Coast with Fishermen on the Beach with Their Catch by Adam Willaerts (1577-1644).
The Marple Ship Model Collection – the stunning and complete collection of local master ship model maker Edward Marple.
This exhibit tells the story of Admiral Horatio Nelson, and the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Prisoner of War models from the Napoleonic Wars, the era covering 1790 to 1815, created by French sailors who were captured by the British and imprisoned in England. CIMM boasts the second largest collection of this type of model in the United States.
This area features paintings and models during the time of the American Revolution. Also in this gallery is an exhibit of models from the American Civil War and how their innovation had an effect on the future of the Navies, as well as models and paintings of majestic Clipper Ships. This gallery also displays paintings depicting the dramatic adventures of fishermen sailing on the North Atlantic, as well as the sleepy northwest lumber ship docks.
Featuring The Korean Turtle Boat, which was successful in driving away the invading Japanese over 400 years ago; and the Chinese treasure ship of Admiral Zheng, which first sailed in 1405 and nearly changed history.
UPPER DECK GALLERIES
PORT OF HUENEME
A fact-filled interactive display of the Port of Hueneme, the largest commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
AGE OF EXPLORATION
Learn about nautical explorers and their contributions to the discovery of North America and California.
LIFE OF A SAILOR
Discover intriguing details about the daily life of a sailor and learn the story of the wreck of the La Jenelle via a display of salvaged artifacts.
Ships in Bottles
A stunning collection of ships in bottles created by CIMM Model Guild Member Robert Little.
WHALES & WHALING IN CALIFORNIA
Dive underwater in this immersive environment filled with all the sea life found right off our local shores!
La JENELLE – The ship with 5 names
Changing four to six times annually, this gallery highlights fascinating aspects of maritime culture and history, and features local and visiting artists and collections in various exhibits.