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Mission Statement

ExplorOcean, Home of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the nautical heritage of Newport Harbor, southern California and the eastern Pacific through stimulating exhibitions, and inspiring education programs pertaining to nautical arts, artifacts, events and customs.

We fulfill our mission through education, preservation and engaging interactive experiences. The story of our maritime culture and heritage as well as the vitality of our marine environment is the focus of our educational programs. Our nautical heritage will be preserved through acquisition, display, and careful maintenance of historical objects. We will actively involve our visitors through interactive exhibits, public programs and events.


Make a Difference.

If you are looking to develop professional skills, make an impact in your community, or just have fun doing a good thing- join us as a volunteer for the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. We offer a number of interesting and unique opportunities for volunteers to get involved. Below are just some of our current volunteer opportunities:

Museum Outreach: Volunteers will represent the Museum at local community events and venues speaking to the public about the Museum's offerings in education programs, activities and special events. A fun afternoon commitment for outgoing volunteers!

Museum Education: Whether you are helping local preschoolers with arts and crafts during our Sea Tales program or conducting science experiments on our boat feild-trip, Climate Quest, there are endless ways to help the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum in its mission to make education fun for young people.

Museum Administration: If you are interested in building your professional skills in an office setting we need you at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. Whether assisting Museum staff on database maintenance, community mailings, or simply filing important documents- your help is needed!

Museum Collections: The Museum has an impressive Collection including interesting nautical artifacts, archived photos, rare footage of local history and much more. If you are interested in material culture or just local history this is a one-of-a-kind experience to make a personal connection with unique pieces from our past.

Museum Special Events: As a special events volunteer you have an exclusive opportunity to participate behind-the-scenes on one of our many exciting programs including our very popular Lecture Series, exhibit openings or hosted receptions.

Thank you for your interest in ExplorOcean; we look forward to working with you soon!



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