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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, at the Santa Babara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone Number: +1 805-962-8404
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Description: Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara...
Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum contains exciting & educational exhibits set inside of nearly 8,000 square feet of Museum space. The Maritime Museum also offers a wide range of educational programs including docent tours, and Tall Ship tours. Admission also includes a series of films shown daily in our large screen, high-definition Munger Theater. Fun for the whole family!
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great for young kids

Lots of helper to assist you with understanding the sea life there. Validate parking on the pier for 90 min.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Temple City, CA, United States
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Temple City, CA, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of helper to assist you with understanding the sea life there. Validate parking on the pier for 90 min.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Smack in the middle of the Harbor between Brophy Bros. and Chucks Waterfront Grill. Interesting and the Harpoon cannon on display in front makes you want to chew on the Pequod, but both restaurants are a lot better.

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Henderson
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Interesting models and films on view, great models of oil rigs that lets you understand how they work and some very nice nautical models and history.

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Golden CO
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87 reviews 87 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very reasonable admission. Exhibits cover a lot of ground (or sea), vintage photographs, artifacts, etc of early fishing, Channel Islands, local legends. Wish I could have spent more time.

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Santa Barbara, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It doesn't look that exciting from the outside, but the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum has lot going for it. Great Chumash and historical exhibits. Lots of interactive exhibits for kids. Point Conception Lighthouse Fresnel Lens is one of the most beautiful pieces of craftsmanship and technology you'll ever see. And be sure to check out the periscope!

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Larkfield, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

First visit to this museum in Santa Barabara. A well organised and interesting attraction that is great value entrance fee. We spent about 2 hrs in the museum and although big kids at heart didn't use the kids attractions. The museum has something for everyone. Would recommend.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Lucky enough to get there early and had whole sub almost to ourselves. Really interesting with audio tour. Recommended and good value.

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Adelaide, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A small but interesting and well presented museum. It Is on the water front in a pretty location. Very reasonably priced if you grab the two for one entry voucher from the tourism office. We were visiting from Australia and enjoyed our visit.

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Pleasanton, California
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15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

What a treasure! Your adventure starts as you enter the Museum. You are greeted by a wonderful woman, who explains what is inside, what's been recently added and what is playing in the Museum's Theater. The tour is self guided and spans three floors. There are exhibits of underwater protective gear worn by U.S. Navy deep sea divers, history of... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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193 reviews 193 reviews
54 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum. The exhibits are excellent and kid-friendly. The timeline historical exhibits brings the maritime history of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands to life. We would highly recommend a visit for young and old. FYI, closed Wednesdays.

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