History museums show us how people used to live: in history museums with all their possessions behind glass display cases. Intrude on the past with this Groupon.
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- $5 for admission for two (a $10 value)
- $10 for admission for four (a $20 value)
The museum's permanent collection takes visitors on a rousing journey through the history of seafaring, and includes models of the treasure ships that famed Chinese admiral, Zheng He, used to explore parts of the New World a full 60 years before Christopher Columbus' 1492 journey.
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum brings the area's rich seafaring history to life with original paintings, ship models, and intricately decorated scrimshaw. After 21 years in one spot, the museum relocated in 2012, hauling along its 2,000-strong catalogue of artifacts—including historic documents, records, and art—to its current location on Channel Islands Harbor. Museum collections inside the new digs highlight periods and industries important to the development of the local maritime culture, reaching as far back as the Chinese Treasure Fleets that sailed the high seas in the 15th century. More modern attractions include the collection that explores whaling industry of the 18th an 19th centuries, the curious case of the La Jenelle, a ship that sunk right in the harbor in 1970 thanks to a nasty northwester.