The CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation launched a campaign in 2002 to raise $12 Million to build a new facility and gift it to the Navy. Support came from every conceivable source. Over 6500 supporters have backed this effort. This support enabled the Foundation to present the Navy with a gift of $12 million in 2008 and request that a new building be constructed. The stunning new 38,000 sf facility was completed in late 2010 and accepted by the Navy in October of 2010.
From October 2010 through early summer of 2011, the Seabee Museum staff toiled to move the museum’s entire collection from the old building to the new facility. Completing their efforts in early July, the new building is now open to visitors, although only temporary exhibits and displays are currently available.
To construct and install the exhibits and displays which will transform the impressive new building into a state-of-the-art Museum, a total of $9 million is required, and the Foundation has launched a second phase to its campaign to accomplish this.
As with all Museums, the purpose of the Seabee Museum is to educate. The story of the Seabees is one which every American should know, but of equal , if not greater importance, is the message to young people about how determination, ingenuity, and perseverance can overcome any obstacle. The primary purpose of construction is to improve the lives of others, and Seabees understand and execute this better than any group in our nation’s history.
An Interactive Center that Fascinates, Educates & Entertains.