Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at Reagan Library February 16 to August 19, 2018

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What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.

Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.

Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors. Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be on display at the Reagan Library from February 16 to August 19, 2018.

Daily Live Cultural Performances Within The Exhibit at 11am, 1pm and 3pm!

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China as well as opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey. From warrior to spy to princess, follow this character’s life throughout the rise of the great Mongol Empire.

The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian and the United States. More info at ReaganLibrary.com/Khan.

Tall Ships to Visit Channel Islands Harbor February 6-13, 2018

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Ventura County residents and visitors will have an opportunity to raise sails, sing sea shanties, and learn about life on tall ships when the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington visit the Channel Islands Harbor from February 6-13.

These one-of-a-kind tall ships based out of Grays Harbor, Washington will be docked near the Ventura County Harbor Patrol offices, 3900 Pelican Way Oxnard.

The Lady Washington, a replica of the first American ship to round Cape Horn and land in the Pacific Northwest and the Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica of a sailing vessel that ran the trading routes in the 1800s, will be open for walk-on tours, battle and adventure sails, and a passage cruise to Ventura Harbor. A crew of 10-14 people will be on board both vessels to answer questions.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-200-5239 or visit www.historicalseaport.org to purchase tickets.

Love Letters Home Exhibit at Channel Islands Maritime Museum January 2 to March 26, 2017

Love Letters Home opens January 2 through March 26, 2017

Opening Reception: January 25, 2017 from 5 pm – 7 pm

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum presents Love Letters Home, an exhibition that will explore different ways in which sailors and soldiers corresponded with their loved ones waiting back home. This exhibit will feature countless letters written by Donald Brug, a local man who was enlisted in the Army during WWII, and sailed around the world during the 1960s, as well as “trench art” and other artifacts from the US Navy Seabees, who celebrate their 75th anniversary this coming March.  

In an era of instantaneous communication, Love Letters Home will examine a time when hearing from a loved one could take days, months, or even years. Separation and the longing it produced was an ever-present reality for these men, women and children of both maritime and wartime communities alike. Letters and objects sent back home became a means of remembrance for separated families.  

Through the display of artifacts and reproductions, Love Letters Home will explore the common themes found in letters sent home by sailors in the past and today: loneliness, separation, hardship, and endurance. These letters, along with mementoes, gifts, and souvenirs serve as keepsakes and reminders of affection and love over the distance

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum NEW hours are Thursday to Monday from 11-5pm. Located in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor at 3900 Bluefin Circle. Explore galleries full of rare and beautiful maritime paintings dating back to the 1600’s, more than sixty world-class models of historic ships, rotating thematic fine arts exhibitions, and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to expand their horizons about everything maritime.

NEW Museum entry is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children (ages 6-17), and free for members and children under 6. Third Thursday of the month is free. Info: cimmvc.org or (805) 984-6260.

"Interactive! The Exhibition" at Reagan Library October 22, 2016 through April 16, 2017

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will open the fully immersive Interactive! The Exhibition - How Popular Culture Reshapes Technology on October 22, 2016. This 10,000 sq ft exhibition offers a riveting, memorable exploration of popular culture's impact on technology - past, present and future - and its direct effect on how we live and work, how we move, how we connect and how we play. Transporting yourself back to the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's will show museum visitors firsthand how popular culture from those decades inspired the technology of today and for the future. Interactive will be on display through April 16, 2017.

In Interactive, Virtual Reality and more is at your fingertips, including:

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • Robotic arm interactives, 80's gaming stations and more.
  • Manipulate a Mars Rover replica.
  • Get up close with the first ever 3D printed car, by Local Motors.
  • Examine communications from the landline rotary telephone and VCR to smartphones.
  • Check out jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard and even meet Baxter the robot!


Developed by Stage Nine Exhibitions, Interactive is a large-scale, hands-on examination of how popular culture in movies, books, TV, and the arts has influenced modern technology and changed the ways we live,work, move, connect and play. In addition to a wide variety of 'hands-on" experiences, including Oculus Rift virtual reality, interactive robots, the driverless car, multiple gaming stations, remote control drones, 3D printing stations, and more, Reagan Library visitors will also get up close to some of science fiction's most iconic characters, including an interactive R2D2 from Star Wars, a T-800 endoskeleton from The Terminator, and a full-size Alien from the Alien films. Did the producers of Star Trek invent the smart phone? What science fiction today will become reality tomorrow? The exhibit also showcases the creative inspiration behind legendary innovators such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Walt Disney.

Guests of Interactive will discover four featured areas exploring the science and technology in human everyday life.

How We Play:
Examines the technology of entertainment and its impact on how people spend their free time. Highlights include a virtual reality gaming by Oculis Rift, 3D projected playing fields and hands-on activities with familiar and cutting-edge music instruments.

How We Connect:
Communications technology is truly the game changer of the 21st century, which brought us to a new era and the birth of social media. This part of the exhibition explores the relationship between communications and technology by looking at the history and future of communication, from landline rotary telephones and VCRs, to video chats and smartphones. Artificial intelligence and distant alien lifeforms are featured as technology blending with popular culture and science fiction. Guests will learn about communication in our social history, how far we've come, and where we're going.

How We Move:
This area examines the history and evolution of human transport. This segment includes a detailed overview of how technologies have advanced the way we move around the planet. Showcased are popular culture hallmarks in transportation including Mars rovers, jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard, the first 3D printed car by Local Motors and artistic sketches featuring future plans for flying cars from Hyundai and the roll-out of the high-speed transportation system, the Hyperloop™.

How We Live and Work:
This area presents some of the most fascinating innovations currently shaping our lives, many of which were predicted in books and movies. Here guests will experience how those dreams have turned into reality, including real-world robots, customized objects from the International Space Station and more.

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • The Mars Rover
  • HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Hands-on robotics
  • Virtual projection games
  • Futuristic musical instrument technology
  • Jet pack from Disney's The Rocketeer
  • Autopia car from Disney's Tomorrowland
  • Artistic renderings from visual futurists who created the look of Blade Runner™, Star Wars™, Alien™ and much more

THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY:
The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com. Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/interactive.