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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 #16 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Columbia, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We attended an afternoon/evening reception here and it was such an interesting departure from the usual hotel reception venues. It is right on the water and the displays were incredible. For history and maritime buffs, this is a great place to spend some time. I would definitely return to spend more time looking at the displays.

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santa barbara ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We recently hosted an intimate cocktail party for loyal supporters of Transition House (a homeless prevention shelter, housing and training program to benefit families with children). The room and balcony overlooking the harbor is beautiful and the evening was clear and breezy. The staff was very helpful and welcoming. It is a unique spot which provides guests a very special... More

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Camarillo, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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