Nellie Gail Moulton’s World Travel Photography

Nellie Gail and Lewis Moulton on a Hawai’i hike during their honeymoon in 1908

The exhibit “Nellie Gail Moulton’s World Travel Photography” opens on October 26th at Moulton Museum in Nellie’s Gallery. Our museum is honored to recognize Nellie Gail Moulton and her international perspectives acclimated by decades of world travel. Nellie visited six continents and more than thirty countries throughout her ninety-three years of life.

Nellie shared in her memoir, “I have touched just briefly on the history of my travels, leaving out a great deal – what I have forgotten is all to be seen in vivid and minute portrayal in my extensive file of slide films. My next trip is yet to be.” This exhibit opens as part of our series for National Arts & Humanities Month for October.

Moulton Museum is exhibiting Nellie’s photography for the first time. Nellie Gail Moulton’s World Travel Photography is a retrospective of her experiences which took place from 1908 to 1960. The exhibit begins with a voyage on December 1st, 1908, as Lewis and Nellie Gail Moulton set sail on the “S.S. Mongolia” at precisely 1:00 p.m. The voyage took them from California to their honeymoon destination, Hawai’i. Nellie made annotations and meticulously added stars to her favorite slide images.

Many of the photographs are paired with anecdotes from Nellie Gail Moulton’s memoir and flight journals. Included in this exhibit are ephemerals that Nellie acquired along her travels such as menus from the ships, postcards, and a travel scrapbook from Japan. A member of the California Camera Club, Nellie traveled domestically and internationally to capture the beauty of her lifetime. 

It is through the lens that the viewer is taken on a journey to the past to see what Nellie saw and experienced. It is an itinerary that cannot be duplicated in the present day.

Virtual Tour

World Travel Stories

Nellie Gail and Lewis Moulton on S.S. Mongolia in 1908

Did You Know?

  • Nellie traveled to six continents and over thirty countries.
  • Nellie went on excursions with Lewis, her brother Cyrus Gail, her daughters Charlotte and Louise, her granddaughter Jane Barnes, her lifetime friend Annette Goheen and Dr. Campbell with his wife.
  • During her voyages, the Moultons traveled on luxury cruise lines that included entertainment, much like what is offered today. On S.S. Mongolia, Lewis and Nellie Gail Moulton played shuffleboard.
  • Mrs. Moulton had a wardrobe that had a metal exterior and wooden frame. Nellie also had a leather hat box in which she stored her many stylish hats. This became a signature look for her.
  • When Nellie Moulton visited Egypt in 1956, President Gamal Abdel Nasser was in office. He had just led the Egyptian revolution of 1952.
Nellie & Lewis in the car

Map of her World Travels

Location of Exhibit

Type: Past Exhibit

Date: October 26th, 2023 until Feb 2024

Nellie’s Gallery
25258 Cabot Rd
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Featured Press

Moulton Museum is honored to present Nellie Gail Moulton’s international perspectives through decades of world travel photography. Nellie visited six out of the seven continents and over thirty countries throughout her ninety-three years of life.

Gallery of Images