Discover art, history and classic car exhibitions across Oxnard.

Oxnard has a medley of museums. History buffs can enjoy a variety of museum experiences offering California art, maritime history and classic cars display.

Channel Islands Maritime Museum

CIMM’s collection is a treasure trove of maritime paintings, ship models, and artifacts that rival some of the finest European and U.S. collections. Sumptuous seascape paintings by 17th century Dutch masters, 18th and 19th century English Romantics, French Impressionist painter Boudin, and unparalleled contemporary maritime painters complement the finest museum-quality ship models on the West Coast, including the Marple Models: nine exquisite, highly detailed scratch-built warships; and intricate “bone models” carved by French soldiers held captive during the early 19th century Napoleonic wars. The Upper Deck hosts interactive contemporary exhibits, featured temporary exhibitions, art receptions, and engaging Third Thursday lectures.

Museum windows look out over the Channel Islands Harbor’s passing sailboats and gorgeous views. The Channel Islands National Park sits just offshore, and the sea lions on the dock out front add tremendous character to the traffic stream. Visitors are invited to view the art on their own or take advantage of the museum’s knowledgeable, free guides.

We have created a unique presence at the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, CA, which celebrates the essence of everything maritime, and we invite you to share the adventure on the high seas with us!

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Murphy Auto Museum

The Murphy Auto Museum features an impressive display of over 50 antique cars, early classics, street rods and Packards. New home for the Gold coast Modular Railroad Club. Open Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm.

*(Please note: the Murphy Auto Museum is set to permanently close on Sunday July 7th. Plan your visit now to see this unique collection of cars before its gone).

Mystic Whaler

The Mystic Whaler is a representation of a late 19th-century cargo two-masted schooner. She was built in 1967 in Florida and designed by V.B. Crockett. The 110-ft tall ship now calls Oxnard home and sits right behind the Channel Islands Maritime Museum on the Channel Islands harbor. *Mystic Whaler offers educational programs, public day sails and deck tours on select weekends. Check calendar for dates and times.


Explore beyond the coastline and step into Oxnard’s unique cultural museum. Learn about automobiles from around the world when you visit The Murphy Auto Museum.

Love Boating? Visit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum to check out Prisoner of War bone ship models, maritime art and see the Mystic Whaler.

While you’re in Oxnard, experience the art scene in town and snap a pic next to your favorite mural or art installation.

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