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US Navy Seabee Museum, Port Hueneme

Ventura, CA
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US Navy Seabee Museum, Port Hueneme, Ventura California

Description

The US Navy Seabee Museum next to the Port Hueneme base, is a very interesting, state-of-the-art museum and well worth a visit! It is also air-conditioned, so on hot days it's a relief, and entrance is free! Each room has attractive displays and tells the story of various deployments, with items collected from all over the world. There is a stuffed penguin from Antartica, a Belgian doll, a Moroccan fez, a Serbian beret, and Japanese tabi boots. I love the red glittered desert boots sent to Chief Pierce in a care package. You can see some of the things Seabees wore, such as green woolen mittens and bunny boots in Antartica.
The Seabees are the civil engineers of the navy, and you can see some of the things they've built such as timber observation towers used in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is fascinating to walk around and view everything and read the stories.
The museum displays some amazing inventions that have saved many lives, such as the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle). You can see a NEMO (Naval Experimental Manned Observatory), which was used underwater by the Seabees.
A way this museum could be improved is if they put interactive things for little kids to touch under the displays so that parents can read the stories in peace. Anything would work: little flaps to open, buttons that make a light go on etc. There is a children's area with electronics projects, trucks, and magnets, but it would be cool if kids had something to touch while parents read the exhibits.
After, have lunch at Topper's Pizza (a five minute drive), right on the water in Channel Islands Harbor, and walk from there to Peninsula Park, which has seals and a really happy feel to it. Or play at Oxnard Beach Park (a seven minute drive) on the sea monster and pirate playground!

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Entrance to the museum.
Entrance to the museum.
Red glittered desert boots, sent to Chief Pierce by SW1 English in the last care package before returning home.
Red glittered desert boots, sent to Chief Pierce by SW1 English in the last care package before returning home.
Timber towers were built by the Seabees for observation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Timber towers were built by the Seabees for observation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Taxidermy penguin from McMurdo Sound, Antartica. Bunny boots kept the Seabees warm in Antartica with one inch of wool felt insulation.
Taxidermy penguin from McMurdo Sound, Antartica. Bunny boots kept the Seabees warm in Antartica with one inch of wool felt insulation.
The Seabees constructed a nuclear plant in Antartica for the National Science Foundation.
The Seabees constructed a nuclear plant in Antartica for the National Science Foundation.
Green wool mittens kept the Seabees hands warm in Antartica.
Green wool mittens kept the Seabees hands warm in Antartica.
NEMO, or Naval Experimental Manned Observatory, made 671 dives in the Bahamas and off the California coast.
NEMO, or Naval Experimental Manned Observatory, made 671 dives in the Bahamas and off the California coast.
The big windows in the museum.
The big windows in the museum.
Beret worn by the Serbian military facing Kosovar-Liberation Army forces, and paramilitary patch of the KLA.
Beret worn by the Serbian military facing Kosovar-Liberation Army forces, and paramilitary patch of the KLA.
Children's area with gears, electronic projects, magnets, and trucks.
Children's area with gears, electronic projects, magnets, and trucks.
Italian currency and costumed doll from Belgium.
Italian currency and costumed doll from Belgium.
The US embassy door in Russia that was removed by the Seabees after hundreds of listening devices were discovered in the building materials.
The US embassy door in Russia that was removed by the Seabees after hundreds of listening devices were discovered in the building materials.
Displays in the museum.
Displays in the museum.
Pacific Islanders taught the Seabees how to make shell necklaces.
Pacific Islanders taught the Seabees how to make shell necklaces.
Kepi belonging to a senior officer of the Imperial Japanese Army.
Kepi belonging to a senior officer of the Imperial Japanese Army.
Tabi boots worn by the Japanese in WWII were quiet, flexible, and provided grip on slippery surfaces.
Tabi boots worn by the Japanese in WWII were quiet, flexible, and provided grip on slippery surfaces.
Aurelio Tassone, of the 97th Naval Construction Battalion, used his bulldozer in the Solomon Islands to help in the battle against the Japanese.
Aurelio Tassone, of the 97th Naval Construction Battalion, used his bulldozer in the Solomon Islands to help in the battle against the Japanese.
Items made of ivory, collected during WWII.
Items made of ivory, collected during WWII.
German 3.7cm Pak Antitank Gun, used until mid-1941, when thicker armor on British, French, and Soviet tanks halted its effectiveness.
German 3.7cm Pak Antitank Gun, used until mid-1941, when thicker armor on British, French, and Soviet tanks halted its effectiveness.
The logos of various battalions.
The logos of various battalions.
Model of Landing Ship Tank, or LST, used for transporting construction supplies needed by the Seabees.
Model of Landing Ship Tank, or LST, used for transporting construction supplies needed by the Seabees.
Exhibit about Operation Torch (North Africa), Operation Husky (Sicily), and Operation Avalanche (Italy).
Exhibit about Operation Torch (North Africa), Operation Husky (Sicily), and Operation Avalanche (Italy).
Berber jewelry box purchased in North Africa, and fez worn by the French Morocco Colonial Forces with tassel color depending on wearer's rank.
Berber jewelry box purchased in North Africa, and fez worn by the French Morocco Colonial Forces with tassel color depending on wearer's rank.
US Navy Mark 5 Deep Sea Suit. These were used between 1916 and 1984 to protect divers from contaminants and cold.
US Navy Mark 5 Deep Sea Suit. These were used between 1916 and 1984 to protect divers from contaminants and cold.
Fighting Seabees recruitment movie featuring John Wayne. The movie was shown in towns before the arrival of the recruitment truck.
Fighting Seabees recruitment movie featuring John Wayne. The movie was shown in towns before the arrival of the recruitment truck.
Diorama on WWII recruitment truck showing people what this new branch of the Navy, the Seabees, do during a complete landing operation.
Diorama on WWII recruitment truck showing people what this new branch of the Navy, the Seabees, do during a complete landing operation.
The HUMVEE was replaced with the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle, which protects troops from Improvised Explosive Devices and has saved many lives.
The HUMVEE was replaced with the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle, which protects troops from Improvised Explosive Devices and has saved many lives.

Directions

US Navy Seabee Museum is located at 3201 N. Ventura Rd, Port Hueneme CA 93043.
Open Mon-Sat 10-5. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.
Entrance is free.
Topper's Pizza, 2701 Peninsula Rd, Oxnard CA 93035.

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Last Updated Sat, 04 Nov 2017 03:22:59 GMT