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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 fun little side trip! Recommend this if you have time while visiting Santa Barbara! Probably best to visit in the morning when parking is easier to find.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

A fun little side trip! Recommend this if you have time while visiting Santa Barbara! Probably best to visit in the morning when parking is easier to find.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is a great museum. I was there for only 2 hours, and wish I had a few more hours to spend there. The displays are wonderful, and the employees were very nice.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a hands on Maritime Museum and the Exec. Dir is very present and helpful. It is good for kids and adults. It is very focused on local Maritime History of all types. From surfboards to oil rigs. It is easy to take in in a short time and has plenty to keep you interested if you want to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Two adults and a six year old absolutely loved this museum. Entry fee is fair and you can easily pass two hours reading watching and playing inside. The stands were fun yet incredibly informative. A must do.

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Temple City, CA, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, at the Santa Babara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone Number: +1 805-962-8404
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara

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