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International Surfing Museum

411 Olive Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714 960 3483
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Traveler Description: Go to the Surf museum to see the latest exhibit, Surf Sounds Part 2: Starring Jan and Dean. Its fun for the whole family plus you can watch Dead... more »
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

A great little museum in Surf City, USA. Loved all the exhibits especially the old photos and posters. Well worth a visit if your into surfing. I had heard of it prior to my summer road trip to the USA and knew if we were nearby I had to go.

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Indio, CA
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Although housed in a small building, this museum is downtown, so you can walk to nearby restaurants and shopping afterwards. They have accumulated a long history of great items related to surfing from around the world... even skateboards inspired by surfing. According to the curator, they have warehouses of stuff donated to them, so it allows them to circulate the... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
24 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a great place to visit - surfer or not. I'm married to an "old surfer dude" and we didn't even know this place was here. Talking to a few locals while taking in a drive down the Pacific Coast from Venice Beach; a stop at Huntington Beach lead us to some locals that told us about this place... More

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Dallas, Texas
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80 reviews 80 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

if you like surfing, you will like this. history at it's finest, worth the visit. you can browse the pages of history, and see why the locals love H.B. and surfing.

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Burbank, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I am not a surfer so as an outsider, it was rather boring and lame. It's a tiny place with non-interesting things all over.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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138 reviews 138 reviews
109 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I didn't know this was here until I had to go as part of my surf class. It was great to have a slice of Southern California history.

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Sunset Beach, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

A trip to Huntington Beach is not complete without a visit to the Surf Museum... must visit to truly appreciate the California Surf culture!

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Boise, Idaho
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122 reviews 122 reviews
37 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This small museum is dedicated to surfing in the U.S. and particularly California (Huntington Beach is known as Surf City USA). The person on duty was friendly and helpful. Exhibits are limited at this time.

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Seal Beach
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

My husband and I stopped in here to browse around and enjoyed our visit. We also have been to the one up in Santa Cruz, which is also very small and I'd say that they're comparable. A nice diversion!

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Huntington Beach, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

tucked right in the middle of downtown, this little treasure trove of surf memorabilia is a must see! Vintage surfboards, posters, etc. abound in this hip little spot! Great place to shop for gifts for the special surfer in your life. $2 donation to check it out.

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