Museum Happenings: Tours to offer behind-the-scenes look at Seabee Museum collection facility

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U.S. Navy Seabee Museum patrons are invited to a special tour event, “The Seabee Attic: Behind the Scenes of the USNSM Collection,” where they will get an extended glimpse of the archive facility April 4 with the first tour beginning at 12 p.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m.

Museum curators Kim Crowell and Robyn King will take visitors into the archive facility to view the vast collection of documents and artifacts not currently displayed on the museum floor.

Tours will be limited to approximately 15 people per tour. Those interested are instructed to contact the museum’s front desk to reserve a spot at (805) 982-5165.

“One of the unique aspects of our archive is that it has been built and maintained alongside the history of the Seabees,” Crowell explained. “This provides us with a vast amount of historical material and enables the museum to display a more accurate portrayal of the sacrifices, combat construction and humanitarian efforts of the Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC).”

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The tour event is part of the monthly free public education program that launched in February which presents a variety of topics to include Seabee history and museum operations. Dr. Lara Godbille, museum director, explained the collection storage facility tour is way of showing the community how much work goes into maintaining the collection.

“The collection is the core of the museum,” said Godbille. “Only a small percentage of that collection is available for display, so an opportunity like this gives people the chance to see the breadth of material we have on hand that tells the story of the Seabees and CEC. This extends our commitment to those communities to share with them how we honor and preserve the material that documents their hard work and countless accomplishments.”

The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum works to select, collect, preserve and display historic material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force, better known as the Seabees, and the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. The second oldest of the official Navy museums, the Seabee Museum was established in 1947 in Port Hueneme, California, which today is part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).

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