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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW 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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50 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is a fantastic way to spend some time in the Santa Barbara Harbor. It's a great, hands on museum where little kids don't have to keep their hands in their pockets. The museum covers the Santa Barbara maritime history from the Native Americans (The Chumash tribe) all the way to recent history. There is something... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

....and watch for really great surfing and ocean related documentaries in the museum ampitheatre....then stroll the marina hopefully the tide is out or you WILL GET SOAKED out on the jetty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rhinebeck,ny
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The museum is located on the Harbor, a very beautiful area to walk along. We didn't expect to spend so much time there, but the exhibits are fascinating and well presented. The roof top view of Santa Barbara is not to be missed.

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Long Beach, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Came here expecting to find a couple of ship models and a few odds-and-ends. Instead we were treated to a hugely informative two-story museum with a number of impressive models, interactive elements to help keep the kids' attention, numerous interesting displays with great graphics and information, and a nice theater showing free related videos. They even had a great scavenger... More 

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Los Angeles
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is the best little museum, with a broad range of exhibits about Chumash Indian life, marine life, nautical history, geology, some great children's activities too.

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Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Great place to visit! The stuff was friendly and helpful. Even more, out visit was turned into game, because our daughter got questions to answer to get a prize from the treasure chest. It also has the best view of the harbor if you take elevator and go up to enjoy the view.

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east coast
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34 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The ocean clearly plays a key role in Santa Barbara's culture, present and past. This museum really was a great stop to gain a better understanding of that. While it's small, they have everything you need and manage to keep it engaging.

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