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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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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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Best little known museum in town!

Great history of the Santa Barbara waterfront and the commercial diving industry. Guaranteed to find out something new about the central coast!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Santa Barbara, California
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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great history of the Santa Barbara waterfront and the commercial diving industry. Guaranteed to find out something new about the central coast!

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Thank skip2go
whynotswan
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for young and old. The exhibits offer a learning experience with fish aquariums, life like displays and seawater tanks where you can actually touch the sea creatures. Be sure to go upstairs where the staff drop catch containers and bring up sand from the ocean bottom for the youngsters to explore. Fun place to visit and learn... More 

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Thank Swan-Cali-Gal
maritimemuseum, General Manager at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi Swan Cali Girl, Great review, and I wish it was about the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, but I think you visited the Santa Barbara Sea Center, on Stearns Wharf. Hope you visit the Maritime Museum next time, we are on the Breakwater next to all the boats. More 

Sao Paulo, SP
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best of it is is the place where it is located. The píer hás some good restaurantes.The best [lace in the city.

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Thank AngelicaRoyo
Boulder, Colorado
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90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Who knew that Santa Barbara played such an important role in the development of undersea research? A large and well designed display in the museum schooled me on this subject during my visit, and the nautical displays in general held my interest for almost two hours, especially the artifacts. For hundreds of years Santa Barbara has looked to the sea... More 

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California
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to visit with children. The student docents were great and ready to give information and willing to make the experience interesting. There are a lot of interactive activities for children. It is a small place and for adults it may not be as exciting.

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Thank Sibelcay
maritimemuseum, General Manager at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, responded to this review

I do believe this reviewer visited the Santa Barbara Sea Center, on Stearns Wharf, and not the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, which is in the Santa Barbara Harbor. The Maritime Museum does not have student docents. More 

Manila, Philippines
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

An unexpected little museum on the marina in Santa Barbara, with a lot of very interesting nautical exhibits. Check out the periscope.

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Thank Sam M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Maritime Museum is a great place to visit for a different type of Santa Barbara experience. The maritime history of the state is fascinating. The museum does a good job of sharing stories and artifacts to make history come alive. The location is fantastic.

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1 Thank Linda S
New York
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Well done. Experience the maritime history of Santa Barabara. Also has one of the best views of the harbor from the fourth floor.

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1 Thank equalizer7
palm desert, ca
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

nice museum. well laid out. staff was friendly and new their history. they were passionate. i enjoied it

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

If you're into the nautical side of life, then this is for you. Lots of neat old equipment and trivia about the sea. Lots to see. Even better they have a wonderful seafood restaurant on the patio right next to the entrance. Enjoy seafood while gazing out at the SB harbor. Life is goo.

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