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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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Beyond cool!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

It was a great place to hang out for a while. It was very informative concerning underwater equipment advances, ships and history of ships in the Santa Barbara area.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Near the end of our stay we were looking for one more thing to do. This Museum fit the bill! We enjoyed the displays on scuba diving as well as the new lighthouse display. The staff has very helpful. The exhibits helped us understand Santa Barbara. Glad we stopped by!

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Santa Clarita, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Just visited this museum for the first time; didn't even really know it existed. What a gem it is! So many interesting exhibits that are clean and up to date. You'll learn a lot about Santa Barbara and the surrounding area. I didn't realize how many shipwrecks were located off shore!. And, you simply must try the deep sea fishing... More 

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