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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 #17 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, Military Museums
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... more » 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! « less
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Camarillo, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

If you have youngsters with an interest in the oceans, the museum offers many many chances to broaden and deepen their enthusiasm. Touching sea otter fur, models, working periscope, videos, a fishing station simulator, so many we'll conceived displays. Check it out!

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Edinburgh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We were late getting there in afternoon so they let us in for half price. Very interesting lots of info and exhibits Worth the visit

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Boston
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great spot, kid friendly, very high quality, small museum. Treasure Hunt and prize for kids keeps them interested! Good combo of interactive exhibits and older historical ones.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this museum and were surprised at its coverage. It covered early Santa Barbara and its trading, the Chumash and their contributions, Point Conception with stories about its previous Keepers, disasters at sea, and had a full range of diving helmets and suits. Upstairs it had a neat periscope trained on the ocean outside the... More

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98 reviews 98 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I was expecting a small, out of date and very limited museum. What I got was a fabulous and wonderful small museum which had a great display. Wide variety of material on display from an incredible collection of early diving gear including multiple rate helmets to Important local and historic shipwrecks; even an interesting video on surfing. I have no... More

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Pasadena, California
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18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

My husband and I walked from State St. to the Harbor. (about 20 minutes) We ended up at the Maritime Museum. There are plenty of interesting objects, and you can learn more about the history and geography of the area. It is probably more interesting to adults than kids. They have some really neat objects, and some really extremely outdated... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

My family has always loved the SB Maritime Museum. Recently I hosted a cocktail party on their fourth floor observation deck, it was fantastic. My guests were delighted with the amazing view. The staff was very helpful, and the rental fee reasonable, I would highly recommend it for a special occasion.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We visited this museum with our 9 year old grandson and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The displays were interesting and well documented for everyone's enjoyment. The movie that was being shown at the time was a very good presentation of a historical marine event. Very, very interesting. The staff was helpful and accommodating.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Interesting small Museum with little information of many local things you did not know. Information on original inhabitants to war and oil. Much to read and many diferent item's to see. To much on diving.

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We enjoyed our tour of the Museum, and really learned a lot about the history and settlement of Santa Barbara, A great place to visit, for kids over 7 as well. Not good for toddlers.

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