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Become a docent at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

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Channel Islands Maritime Museum

  • 9 people are interested

Where can you experience 500 years of maritime history and meet people from all over the world? Right here at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard. Enliven maritime history for visitors as a volunteer docent: bring to life famous ships and sea battles; speak of whalers and whaling ships, Chinese junks, and English privateers. By joining the CIMM community of volunteers, you may also participate in special events, school education programs, and other opportunities to utilize your talents.

From greeting guests to helping school groups discover the Maritime world, there are many important ways in which volunteers contribute to making the Museum experience a great one. We appreciate your interest and look forward to sharing with you all that the Channel Islands Maritime Museum has to offer!

The Museum conducts frequent training classes. In just a few short weeks you could be a part of making history live, having fun, and doing something that benefits your well-being and contributes to your community. Support Museum programs and activities by donating your time and talents, enjoy enriching meetings with guest speakers and engage in opportunities to meet other volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and cultural experiences.


Volunteers greet every guest coming into the Museum and are responsible for initiating an enjoyable visit, taking in entrance fees, signing up memberships, and support the sales of the Museum store. Hands-on training is provided.


Volunteers are available to guide our guests through the Museum, describing the world-class art and ship models in our collection; providing a general introduction to the Museum’s mission, history and collection; and interpreting current exhibitions for visitors of all ages.


Volunteers interact with small groups of students to introduce them to various aspects of Maritime life through our art and ship model collections


Volunteers assist in a variety of ways at Museum exhibition opening receptions and exhibition-related programs.


The collection of at Channel Islands Maritime Museum is among the top in the world! Constant work is necessary to maintain the conservation, cataloging, and exhibition of these beautiful objects.

We hope you will join us for the 8-week course for new docents!

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About Channel Islands Maritime Museum


3900 Bluefin Circle, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 93035, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an enriching museum experience based on maritime history ranging from ancient mariners to the modern marine era, and to enhance the understanding of our rich international and local seafaring heritage with a focus on educational programs through world-class maritime art, unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, artifacts, and a nautical research library.


The Channel Islands Maritime Museum at Channel Islands Harbor was first opened on February 15, 1991 to a large crowd of excited guests. The prospect of a maritime museum was inspired by the goal to educate people about maritime history and culture. Early correspondences and current trends show that the museum’s success is due largely to the funds and artifacts provided by the Nelson Maritime Arts Foundation and the hard work of their dedicated volunteers.

In June 2012, the museum moved from its original location at Fisherman’s Wharf to the site of the old Port Royal restaurant, where it still attracts crowds of visitors each year and works with a team of around 100 volunteers to provide a unique and educational experience for all guests. The museum collection comes in large part from Harry and Joyce Nelson, avid maritime history enthusiasts who also owned Almar Ltd. Marinas and the Anacapa Isle Marina who collected many paintings and ship models from 1650 to the present. The Maritime Museum boasts an unsurpassed art and model collection, contemporary exhibits, monthly speaker series, exhibit openings, high-quality education program and research library that allows guests to expand their knowledge of maritime history, culture, and conservation.

Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy


Mon Sep 13, 2021 - Mon Nov 01, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


3900 Bluefin CircleOxnard, CA 93035



  • Exhibition Arts


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training
  • Initial Commitment: Volunteer Training: September 13 - November 1, running 8 consecutive weeks, Mondays 10 am-12 pm. After training, a minimum of six hours per month.

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