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California Surf Museum

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Address: 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
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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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This storefront museum is great fun. Not only are different types of surf boards displayed but a story is given based on a particular person or place. There is a video and also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This storefront museum is great fun. Not only are different types of surf boards displayed but a story is given based on a particular person or place. There is a video and also a small sales corner in the front. My true confession is that I only visited because it was on the museum exchange list in May (hence free... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Located within walking distance from the Pier, they have Interesting exhibits and really friendly staff! The gift shop has unique souvenirs and t-shirts.

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Oceanside, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is an awesome stop if you are traveling the Pacific Coast Highway 101. Filled with exhibits, the small but full museum has items that were part of surfing history from day one. It is not assuming or large, but what it holds is magical if part of your trip involves the beach and the waves, add this one to... More 

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Eagle, Idaho
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The museum has a lot of history on surfing and some interesting surf boards to see. Takes about 30 minutes to go through and the cost is reasonable.

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Plainfield, New Hampshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Small museum is bigger than you might think, well organized, a bargain admission. Very interesting and entertaining for surfers and non-surfers alike. Even worth more than one visit. There is more than one surf museum but if you're only going to see one, it should be this one.

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Langley, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Very enjoyable. Small , but a good display. Worth the mere $5 fee. Hey they have to keep their lights on , and $5 is cheap for anything nowadays. The Gift Shop is free, where you can pick up t-shirts, decals, books and nick-nacks. The staff was very friendly each time we went in. Free street parking in front, and... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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150 reviews 150 reviews
59 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I met wonderful staff here and the museum did not disappoint. I found out about the place from a show on the history channel. I would recommend to anyone that likes to surf.

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248 reviews 248 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Cool, nice, little museum. I had no idea about the surf culture so I was so excited to see and learn new things ! Lots of information and pictures! The student fee is only $3 so don't forget your ID. You can walk from the pier to this museum its only two blocks! They have some cute and interesting vintage... More 

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CALGARY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The exhibits are interesting, the gift shop reasonable but the staff (volunteers) are remarkable. Every time I have stopped in to check out their gently used vintage shirts, I have come away with something new to think/talk/write about.

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Holladay, Utah
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216 reviews 216 reviews
53 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is an interesting display of surfing history and memorabilia - I'm not a surfer and I suppose my interest level wasn't as high as those who've done a lot of surfing. But it was worth the time and effort. The $5 fee is a little stiff for what you get, but I guess they need the funds to keep... More 

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