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    Channel Islands Maritime Museum Cancels “Celebration of the Whales” Festival on March 22, 2020 due to COVID-19

    Oxnard, CA – The Channel Islands Maritime Museum will cancel the free family-friendly whale-themed festival March 22, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm in conjunction with the 23rd annual Celebration of the Whales event at Channel Islands Harbor.  The event will be rescheduled to a later date.


    With the continued expansion of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the safety of the public in mind, we have decided to cancel the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Whales event, scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020.

    According to Governor Gavin Newsom, California’s public health experts determined March 11, 2020 that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if organizers can implement social distancing of 6-feet per person.

    The Celebration of the Whales is a popular event and attendance far exceeds 250 people. We are committed to doing our part to help protect the health of event volunteers, staff, attendees, and Ventura County residents.

    The Celebration of Whales Festival is a collaborative event among the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Harbor lessees, businesses, and the Ventura County Harbor Department.
    About Channel Islands Harbor: The Channel Islands Harbor is a gem on the California coast between Port Hueneme and Ventura. It was built as a recreational harbor in the 1960’s and 1970’s on 310 acres of land and water, with approximately 2,150 boat slips, as well as marina facilities, restaurants, sport fishing facilities, chandleries, and shops. The Harbor is owned and operated by the County of Ventura.
    About Channel Islands Maritime Museum:  Located in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor at 3900 Bluefin Circle, the museum’s galleries feature rare and beautiful maritime paintings dating back to the 1600’s, more than seventy world-class models of historic ships, rotating thematic fine arts exhibitions, and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to expand their horizons about everything maritime. The museum is open Monday and Thursday through Saturday 10 am-4 pm and Sunday from 12 pm-4 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday for group tours and private member events (please call ahead to make a reservation), closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Regular museum entry is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+), $3 for children (ages 6-17), free for members and children under 6, and free on the third Thursday of the month, sponsored by Southern California Edison. (805) 984-6260.       


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