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California Surf Museum

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Address: 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Description: Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum mission is to preserve surfing...
Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum mission is to preserve surfing heritage. The museum hosts a variety of cultural events from book signings to lectures, to movie nights to concerts. But the museum is most known for the wonderful rotating exhibits about surf and skateboard culture, art, and history. The whole family is welcome and you don't have to surf or skateboard to enjoy the museum.The California Surf Museum has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, the BBC, the American Pickers "California Dreamin'", Hawaiian Airlines commercial, PBS "Getting Away Together" and many more. Don't miss the outdoor Secret Spot and Bethany Hamilton's surfboard while you are here. Also, shop the Museum Store for unique gifts and souvenirs. Joining as a member is a great way to get involved in volunteer opportunities and to support the museum on an annual basis. Hope to see you soon!
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My husband found this on line, I am so glad we went! If you're expecting a large art museum ambiance, this is not it. It is a museum solely dedicated to the sport of surfing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My husband found this on line, I am so glad we went! If you're expecting a large art museum ambiance, this is not it. It is a museum solely dedicated to the sport of surfing. There were so many different boards, the museum staff did a good job of stating what each board was, when they were used and the... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A Blast from the past of surfing, nice liitte diversion to absorb some coastline culture whether you've ever surfed or not...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were staying in Oceanside as a sort of 'staycation'. Took out 3 young kids and spent over an hour in the small museum. We loved it and will go back. We tell friends and family about it all the time. Definitely a treasure.

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Worthwhile stop when you're in Oceanside. The exhibits are updated so it's enjoyable each year. Also, a good place for a few souvenirs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We went on one of there "free" days but the cost is minimal and helps support the museum. Some really neat and historic surf boards and stories. Nice use of informative videos.

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Smith, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Saw this as I was searching hotels so when we were down by the beach, we stopped in. Price was acceptable and the two guys manning the museum were friendly. Small museum but a lot of surfing lore. The older guy chatted us up now and then, offering some additional information. It was a fun and unique half hour or... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I've never surfed in my life, but my teenage daughter loves it. So we decided to stop in Oceanside to check out this museum on a leisurely drive from LA to San Diego. It was well worth the visit. They have a variety of surfboards, from the earliest models to the variety that's available now. But what I appreciated most... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

For people that surf or want to know more about surfing history. Was really cool for a small place. Got to see the Bethany Hamiltons board that was bitten by the shark. Support this place as it gives back to the beaches and surfing community

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Oceanside, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Little Museum that Could. When your along the Coast make sure you stop to check out to see the Oceanside Pier and walk up to the California Surf Museum to learn how it all started. Lots of exhibits even some skateboarding. You love it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

It was okay. Nothing exceptional (unless of course you are a surfer). I enjoyed walking around and seeing the different kinds of surfboards and reading some of the history.

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Additional Information about California Surf Museum

Address: 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oceanside
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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