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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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Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa...

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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Interesting museum

An unexpected little museum on the marina in Santa Barbara, with a lot of very interesting nautical exhibits. Check out the periscope.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sam M
Manila, Philippines
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Manila, Philippines
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An unexpected little museum on the marina in Santa Barbara, with a lot of very interesting nautical exhibits. Check out the periscope.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Maritime Museum is a great place to visit for a different type of Santa Barbara experience. The maritime history of the state is fascinating. The museum does a good job of sharing stories and artifacts to make history come alive. The location is fantastic.

1 Thank Linda S
New York
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Well done. Experience the maritime history of Santa Barabara. Also has one of the best views of the harbor from the fourth floor.

1 Thank equalizer7
palm desert, ca
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142 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

nice museum. well laid out. staff was friendly and new their history. they were passionate. i enjoied it

1 Thank sgtwrench
Santa Barbara, California
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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.

1 Thank EDD1967_83
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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6 reviews
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 reviews
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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.

2 Thank NikitaH
Apple Valley, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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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 

2 Thank Anita W

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