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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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Nautical Musings

If you're into the nautical side of life, then this is for you. Lots of neat old equipment and trivia about the sea. Lots to see. Even better they have a wonderful seafood... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you're into the nautical side of life, then this is for you. Lots of neat old equipment and trivia about the sea. Lots to see. Even better they have a wonderful seafood restaurant on the patio right next to the entrance. Enjoy seafood while gazing out at the SB harbor. Life is goo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Short but good to see that Santa Barbara success was built on land but as well on sea. A side of the city to not miss.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It didn't take me long to look around it but there a lot of information. It worth to going around but there a lot of about going deep under water

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Santa Barbara, Ca.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This welcoming museum has items to appeal to a wide range of interests. There are early California historical items, an 18' tall lighthouse lens, shipwreck exhibit, surfing display, early diving suits, and so much more. For children there is a treasure map with a prize from the treasure chest as they leave the museum. An educational and fun venue.

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Apple Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Fun museum all about the sea and Santa Barbara! 17 year old daughter and I went here while waiting for her college tour to begin. What a great little place! My favorite was sampling deep sea fishing. You choose the fish and then hold on for dear life as the simulator takes over. What fun!

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Orcutt, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Had a great time visiting the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum! Lots of information and fun displays (especially the dress up corner for kids)! Loved the movie about Titanic and really enjoyed the old time diver suits, but how did they ever get them back into the boat with those heavy diving suits on? Tip: Be sure to go to the... More 

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napa ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

You can't visit the harbor beach and Stearns Pier without strolling a short distance to the Maritime Museum. You will be amazed at the quality of displays and exhibits regarding ocean life and sailing. In addition there on display is the Pt Concepcion Lighthouse prism about which a wonderful account was written by past Museum president Willard Thompson. Enjoy the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Very interesting historical information and gear on display. There are beautiful views of the bay from the museum.

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California
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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