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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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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Ranked #15 of 68 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum contains...
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Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums, 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 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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rhinebeck,ny
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

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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14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Calgary, Alberta
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3 attraction reviews
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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east coast
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104 reviews 104 reviews
34 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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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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