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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, at the Santa Babara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
+1 805-962-8404
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Ranked #18 of 72 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was informational and they made it fun for my seven year old. They gave her a project to do during the museum trip, and then she got a prize at the end. Lovely staff and very nice museum.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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414 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Right on the water, this place is a really good museum. Be sure to check it out, especially the ship wreck and lighthouse portions. I recommend it!

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San Marcos, California
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225 reviews 225 reviews
85 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Went in on our walk around the harbor area. Pretty small and see it in an hour. Provides good review of Santa Barbara maritime history and has nice exhibits.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My husband and I adored the Maritime Museum in which, we spent about three hours enjoying all the history. We'd love to visit once again in the future and the pier in Santa Barbara is gorgeous. Yes, this area is one of the most expensive cities in the United States, but its so worth spending a day or two driving... More

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Riverside, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We ate at Brophy Brothers, and saw the museum. We really enjoyed the history, the movies, the stories of the native Americans and lighthouse pieces. A great way to learn history and have fun, too!

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Corona, California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Located right on the harbor is a great maritime museum. It does a wonderful job of tracing Santa Barbara's historic past in regards to the sea. It ranges from a Chumash (Native American tribe from the area) wood canoe to hi-tech deep sea diving gear. There are many films shown in the Munger Theater which is shaped like a ship's... More

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Admission was 2 for 1 with a trolley ticket so cost was $7 for two of us. Museum is large on 2 floors and covers maritime history of Santa Barbara with a focus on diving, whaling and the development of the wharf. Good value for at least an hour's visit..

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New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum was much better than we expected. A highlight was watching an hour and a half movie about Santa Barbara. We learned so much about the history of the area. Be sure to check the film schedule as soon as you arrive, so not to miss this. We enjoyed a delicious lunch nearby as well.

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