National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History

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National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History
Sea History Museum, Sadorus, IL.jpg
Location201 S. Market St.
Sadorus, Illinois
Coordinates39°58′01″N 88°20′39″W / 39.966872°N 88.344187°W / 39.966872; -88.344187
TypeMaritime museum
DirectorCharles Lozar
WebsiteNational Museum of Ship Models and Sea History

The National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History is a private non-profit museum, located in Sadorus, Illinois. It features ship models from around the world and throughout history.[1]

Recent exhibits include a 27-foot model of the RMS Queen Mary made entirely out of one million toothpicks. The collection includes ship models from the movies Tora! Tora! Tora!, Cleopatra, and Ben-Hur as well as from the television series Tugboat Annie Sails Again.

The museum is open on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Saturdays from April 1 to November 30; also by appointment, including through the winter holidays.[2]

In the press[edit]

The museum was featured in a 2005 Chicago Tribune cover story.[citation needed]

Further reading[edit]

Reid, Tony. “Sadorus Man and the Sea.” Herald & Review (Decatur, IL), 10 May 2010. Accessed through EBSCOhost. Retrieved 21 June 2019.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Sadorus museum crammed full of maritime history with models, texts, much more". News Gazette. Retrieved 22 December 2016.