Looking to discover one of the hidden gems of Illinois? Then check out the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History! Fun for families or adventurous adults of all ages, this one-of-a-kind museum in Champaign County has been making waves for 12 years.
Founded by 70-year-old architect Charles Lozar, the museum is in a historic 1878 building in the heart of Sadorus, located in Illinois’ Land of Lincoln region. Hundreds of enchanting ship models that Charles began collecting as a young boy fill the two story museum.
The unique museum is also a non-profit, dedicated to model builders and the importance of ships throughout history. Overflowing with more than 400 models and treasures of many kinds, from Africa to China, the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History has historical and handmade pieces that won’t be found anywhere else. Some of Charles’ best pieces are a 27 foot-long replica of the famous Queen Mary liner, built in three sections using 1 million toothpicks by Wayne Kusy from Chicago, and a 10-foot Titanic model on display for visitors.
While the museum is technically closed during the winter (December 1st through April 30th), Charles is happy to open the museum to you, personally, by appointment. Make sure you stop by for this VIP treatment, check out the amazing models and pieces and spend time in the gift shop and workshop so you and your “crew” can take home a ship model kit of your own.
E-mail Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (217) 352-1672 to plan your trip!
–The Illinois Office of Tourism